Writing Black Speculative Fiction
Six Fridays: July 10 to August 14, 2020, 2:00 p to 3:30 pm EST
A generative and writing exchange workshop in fiction
This workshop explores the power of Black speculative fiction to heal the past and expand the possibilities of the present and future. Using both fiction and non-fiction Black revolutionary texts as discussion guides and writing prompts, workshoppers will learn speculative fiction techniques for literary fiction or genre fiction and craft their own speculative fiction pieces as an act of resistance.
2019 Maison Baldwin Residency Fellow Brooke C. Obie is a three-time award-winning author of the Black speculative novel BOOK OF ADDIS: CRADLED EMBERS. Brooke received her MFA in Fiction at The New School and was a 2014 finalist for the Fulbright Fellowship in Creative Writing for her novel proposal which became BOOK OF ADDIS: CRADLED EMBERS. She has attended Columbia University’s creative writing workshop in Paris, France and the Callaloo Journal of African Arts and Letters’ Creative Writing Workshop at Oxford University, Oxford, England. As writer-in-residence at La Maison Baldwin she continued work on the BOOK OF ADDIS sequel: BOOK OF ADDIS: BURNING PLAINS. She was named to The Root 100 Most Influential African Americans of 2019 for her article, "How Green Book and the Hollywood Machine Swallowed Donald Shirley Whole," which shifted the cultural conversation around the film Green Book and became a major moment for Hollywood accountability during the 2019 awards season.