Word by Word Presents:
Workshop V: Searching History, Building Futures
with Varaidzo
Sunday 10th October 2021, Delina Kitchen
13:00 - 15:00

If history is a cycle, how can we use the past to build convincing futures? 

Fiction has the power to manipulate linear time. In 1949, George Orwell predicted the hyper surveillance of our modern world. Star Trek predicted the ubiquitous nature of video calling. In this workshop, we will tap into these writers clairvoyant abilities and use history to predict the future. We will look at how to use historical patterns in political, social and scientific progression to build believable  utopias and dystopias, whether that is settings in the near future or in the next millennia.

This workshop is open to anyone who would like to have a go (you must be aged 18 or over). No prior experience necessary.

**Black, people of colour, LGBTQ+ to the fore.**


End of project Zine

All workshop participants will also be invited to submit any work they have written, whether during the workshop or in their own time, for our Zine: Issue 2. The Zine will be a celebration and showcase of our workshop participants work, and will launch mid-summer at the end of the project with an event at The Bush Theatre!


Covid Health & Safety Measures

When attending the workshop, all participants must wear face coverings unless exempt for health reasons. Hand sanitizer will be available. Further details will be sent out following registration.

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Varaidzo is a writer, editor and artist. She is a contributor to the bestselling anthology The Good Immigrant and romance anthology Who’s Loving You. Her short story ‘Bus Stop’ was shortlisted for the Guardian 4th Estate BAME Prize 2018. She has worked as an editor for fiction and non-fiction for six years.