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AI-facilitated online writing workshop on afrofuturistic spec fiction.

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In the last few decades, the proliferation of human technology has overwritten a lot of old-world common-sense. The ways that we plan, work, and communicate with one another would be unrecognizable to people from just a century ago. Aside from upending global industry, though, the age of the internet has profoundly impacted the function of local communities. Technology not only guides our thinking but responds to it, with new technology being created in response to human problems—real or perceived. There is no avoiding technology as central in humanity’s future, but what role it takes depends on our ability to use, imagine, and design technology for ourselves. Thus, technofuturism represents a unique opportunity to envision our lives beyond the violent and oppressive structures of the present.

Imagination Design is an AI-facilitated online workshop that brings together approaches from user interface design and afrofuturism to guide participants in writing socially-aware speculative fiction. In one three-hour session, participants will join exercises to identify social obstacles in their own communities, envision futuristic technology, and write stories that use their fantasy inventions to shed light on the reality of the present. The workshop is free and takes place in an online chat forum that can be joined from any web-enabled computer, though mobile devices are discouraged. Come prepared with anything you need to engage honestly, dream big, and write.

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