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Visionary Epistolary Fiction Workshop for Trans, Non-Binary, and Genderqueer Writers

Updated: Apr 8

What is visionary epistolary fiction?


Visionary fiction - a term developed by writer and scholar Walidah Imarisha to describe speculative fiction that helps us imagine futures and worlds that are socially just. Read more in this interview with her here.


Epistolary fiction - fiction that emulates non-fiction documents, such as letters, emails, diary entries, interview transcripts, grocery lists, historical texts, scientific reports, blog posts, newspaper clippings, and magazine articles, to name a few.


Visionary epistolary fiction is the combination of these two forms.


Why are we offering this workshop?


When we developed the concept for Inclusive Future Magazine, we knew that not all spec fic writers were going to have pieces in their submission pile that fit the bill, and yet we see so much potential for visionary epistolary fiction to provide realistic examples of inclusion within the context of various cultures. That’s why we are proud to present a free writing workshop open to trans, non-binary, and genderqueer writers anywhere in the world who want to play with visionary epistolary fiction. This workshop will run regardless of whether our Kickstarter campaign is successful. Please read on for more details!


Inclusive Future Magazine presents…


A Visionary Epistolary Fiction Workshop for Trans, Non-Binary, and Genderqueer Writers


When: June 1 - July 11, 2021 (Pacific Time)

Cost: FREE

Facilitator: S.H. Aeschliman


During the six weeks of this workshop, we will form a supportive writing community, learn about the unique opportunities and limitations of visionary epistolary speculative fiction, and generate new work. In addition, we’ll discuss what we find helpful (and not) when it comes to feedback on our work and set guidelines for how we want to give and receive feedback in this group. It is our hope that participants will come away from the workshop with new writing, new writer friends, and the playful experience of having dabbled with new forms and ideas.


Once registration is closed, the workshop will be designed in response to participants’ interests and needs, but we anticipate that the core of the workshop will be asynchronous, with live meetings for discussion and/or coworking available. All aspects of this workshop are optional. Work that is done synchronously will be made available via asynchronous means and vice versa. Furthermore, those who do not wish to give and receive feedback will not be required to do so.


Registration is limited to 20 participants and will be filled on a first-come, first-serve basis.


Important details:

  • This workshop is open to trans, non-binary, or genderqueer writers writing in English. You do not have to be out, and you are welcome use a pseudonym for the workshop.

  • No previous experience writing visionary or epistolary fiction necessary; we love people who want to try new-to-them things!

  • You can be located anywhere in the world as long as you have access to an internet connection that allows for international communication.

  • You do *not* have to plan to submit to Inclusive Future Magazine in order to participate in the workshop.

  • Participating in the workshop does *not* guarantee that your submission to Inclusive Future Magazine will be accepted.


How to Register:


Send an email by May 16, 2021 to inclusivefuturemag[at]gmail[dot]com with the words ‘Workshop Registration’ included in the subject field. Your email should contain a statement confirming that you are trans, non-binary, or genderqueer (you do *not* have to specify which) and a sentence or two about why you’d like to join the workshop.


Please note that registration is limited to 20 participants and will be filled on a first-come, first-serve basis. If we receive your email after the first 20 slots are filled, you will be offered a spot on the waitlist in case someone cancels.


We also welcome your questions, concerns, and feedback. Please email us at inclusivefuturemag[at]gmail[dot]com.


About the workshop facilitator:


S.H. Aeschliman is a writer and co-editor of Inclusive Future Magazine. Despite being a native Oregonian who's lived in Portland off and on since 1998, ze does not own a bicycle and is woefully underprepared for any kind of apocalypse. Ze does, however, live with an adorkable dog named Milton, who's an Expert Urban Forager. In previous lives, ze has been a freelance book editor, a founding member and Board member of Revise & Resub (aka #RevPit), co-host of the Novel Approaches podcast, a bookseller, an adjunct instructor of college writing and literature, a news writer, a freelance travel and culture writer, and a teacher of English as a Foreign Language in Spain.

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