Step Into Worlds – craft your fictional world with Courttia Newland

Dystopia or Utopia? Interstellar or solar? Fantasy, or closer to our lived reality than many would care for? In fantasy, sci fi or speculative fiction genres, the world is queen, or king. Before we know anything we must know location, location, location. So how do we go about building the foundations of our story? And how do they become a reflection of theme and characters that mirror our intentions as writers?

Using a mix of exercises, close textual readings, and examinations of film, TV and graphic novels, Courttia Newland will help you define your world more clearly, alongside the characters, tech and universal laws that inhabit them. Bring your writing materials and a sense of adventure!

This workshop is suitable for all writers, from those new to writing to those with more experience.

Courttia Newland


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Courttia Newland is a screenwriter, playwright, filmmaker and novelist. His first novel, The Scholar, was published in 1997. Further critically acclaimed work includes Society Within (1999) and Snakeskin (2002), The Dying Wish (2006), Music for the Off-Key (2006), and A Book of Blues (2011). He is co-editor of IC3: The Penguin Book of New Black Writing in Britain (2000) and has short stories featured in many anthologies.

Courttia’s career has encompassed both screen and playwriting; plays include B is for Black, and an adaptation of Euripedes Women of Troy. He was nominated for the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, the CWA Dagger in the Library Award, the Alfred Fagon Award, the Frank O’ Conner Award and The Edge Hill Prize 2012. His latest anthology, co-edited with Monique Roffey, is Tell Tales 4: The Global Village (2009).

The Gospel According to Cane, was published by Akashic Books (US) and Telegram (UK) in February 2013.

Islington Central Library

Islington Central Library
2 Fieldway Crescent
N5 1PF