You are leaving Earth to set up the first off world colony. What things would you take with you? This creative writing workshop will ask you to debate this question via looking at stories by some of the great SF writers. During this workshop, York St John staff from English Literature and Creative Writing will introduce science fictional texts around the topic of ‘things’ with the aim of inspiring creative and critical writing projects designed to influence the first off-world colony. Topics may include artificial intelligence, apocalypse, and interstellar travel. NASA is currently aiming to settle the first human beings on MARS by 2030. Terra Two’s project designers recognise that artists have an ethical responsibility to lend their voices to this far-sighted scientific experiment. Terra Two is a digital archive which will be officially launched at York St John in September 2017, one which will collate contributions in the form of writing, music, visual images, games and podcasts. Participants are invited to develop the ideas they create in the workshop for submission to our summer competition entitled ‘Terra Two: Writing for an Off-World Colony’. Winners will receive editorial support, and will be featured on the Terra Two website in time for its launch.
Dr Liesl King, York St John University
Dr Robert Edgar, York St John University
Adam Smith, York St John University