All fiction ‘speculates’, but the genres explored in this course – the science fictional, the fantastical and the supernatural – go beyond current or concrete reality. From 1984 and The Handmaid’s Tale through to recent Australian novels such as Terra Nullius, speculative fiction can be a powerful genre for examining big ideas.
This course encourages students to figure out what they would like to speculate on, and suggests avenues and techniques for exploring these ideas. We study world-building, creating genuine characters, layering in themes, and generating compelling plots free of holes. We examine speculative novels in a range of forms and literary styles so students may find their own voice, their own approach. Beyond the course, students will feel inspired, excited and confident to create their own speculative works.
Angela Meyer’s debut novel, A Superior Spectre, is set in both the near future and 19th century Scotland. It is published by Ventura in Australia and New Zealand and is due for release in the UK with Saraband in Autumn 2019. By day, Angela is a publisher for Echo Publishing.