Ghosts, dragons, and robots—how to start? This two-hour class is open to both genre and literary fiction writers curious about featuring non-human characters in their stories that subvert common cliches and stereotypes. How does a character speak without a mouth? How can diction, syntax, and tone help construct believable non-human characters with resonance? What new perspectives can non-humans shed on humanity?
We’ll examine how contemporary authors such as Ted Chiang, Karen Russell, Octavia Butler and more express their non-human entities through use of voice, structure, and point of view, and participate in writing exercises inspired by OULIPO writers, Improv techniques, and scientific research to enhance your non-human characters.