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Science Fiction Writing

Tutor: Pete Maguire
Location: Evolution Arts, 2 Sillwood Terrace, Brighton BN1 2LR
Next start dates:  Thursday 22 February 2018 
                              Thursday 31 May 2018 

Science Fiction is one of the most exciting areas of writing. It offers brave writers the chance to really fly and be uninhibited. In this course we shall look at the bare bones of short stories and novels, mainly, but not always, Science Fiction. We will explore whether there is a difference in the structure of sci fi stories compared to other genres and apply the same to language, characters and plot. We will look at the amazing possibilities Science Fiction offers in terms of satire, social analysis, investigation of the human condition and technological revolution. 

There will be analysis of the works of Philip K. Dick, Stanislaw Lem and William Gibson amongst others. In every class there will be a lot of work covered, with a lot of feedback and a feverish sharing of ideas. 

Don’t miss the chance to take your stories further.

The Cult Writer

Pete Maguire was born in Dublin in 1969. He is the author of the wildly surreal novel City of a Million Dots. Obsessed with the creative process, he teaches and delves into the extraordinary writing minds of adults, home educated and autistic children. He has published poems in various magazines including Bare Fiction and The Honest Ulsterman and short stories in Aesthetica and with Rattle Tales. He has also performed a number of short stories in Brighton and London with Rattle Tales and The Word Factory.

 Pete believes that writing is the finest form of modern magic, a tool to be brandished with wisdom and reckless guile. It is equally the one thing that can cure us and the one thing that can make us sick. Nevertheless, once you step off the parapet of trying, there is nowhere else to be - in the wonder of creation and understanding we become gods and the most perfectly humble, specks of dust.


“I really enjoyed Pete Maguire’s creative writing class. It was always fun, and I learned lots of new techniques to make writing more interesting and enjoyable. He handled the class with charm and gentle leadership. I found him an inspiring teacher"



“Thank you, Pete, for inspiring a disparate group of writers with good humour and ingenuity and encouraging us kindly over five too short weeks.”