Worldbuilding As Poetic Attempt: Online Seminar with Ed Steck

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with Ed Steck

A one-day online seminar held over Zoom.

1:00pm to 4:00pm
Saturday, June 27

Seminar fees are by donation. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. If you can, please make a donation for the seminar here.

Worldbuilding is the process of constructing a fictional world, including the political and social atmosphere, history, environmental landscapes, government, and any other expandable concept relevant to the construction of a believable (or unbelievable) world. Worldbuilding is typically used in the composition of science fiction, fantasy, role-playing games, and other genre work. A writer may create maps, legends, glossaries, new languages, customs, and so forth, to initiate the reader into a fully-functioning worldscape. 

Worldbuilding As Poetic Attempt is an online workshop and seminar exploring the idea of worldbuilding as a tool and practice for writing poetry. We will look at various examples of worldbuilding in fiction, role-playing games, art, and poetry. Some of the artists, writers, platforms, and thinkers we will encounter include Dale Pendell, Hannah Weiner, Lyn Hejinian, J.R.R. Tolkien, Ursula K. LeGuin, Robert Smithson, Renee Gladman, Michael Heizer, Clark Ashton Smith, Dungeons & Dragons, Gene Wolfe, John Cage, Paul Stamets, Jack Kirby, Yuichi Yokoyama, Will Alexander, Star Trek, David Horvitz, Shana Moulton, Donna Haraway, cats, and others. Ed Steck will assemble and share The Whole Worldbuilding Reader for participants, which will include an archive of materials (both written and visual), writing prompts to evoke the practice of worldbuilding in poetry, and an essay on the practice as well. The workshop will explore the success and failures of the worldbuilding attempt in poetry.

* Limited to 12 participants, on a first-come, first-served basis.

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Ed Steck is the author of An Interface for a Fractal Landscape (Ugly Duckling Presse), The Garden: Synthetic Environment for Analysis and Simulation (Ugly Duckling Presse), The Rose (with Adam Marnie, Hassla), sleep as information/the fountain is a water feature (COR&P), Far Rainbow (Make Now Books), DoorGraphicDataRecovery (orworse press), A Time Stream in Spaces: The Cultic Parody of Time-Induced Capital (West), and The Necro-Luminescence of Pink Mist (Skeleton Man Press). His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, most recently at the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art. He is a recipient of two Fund for Poetry Grants, the Artist Opportunity Grant from the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council, and an Investing in Professional Artists Grant from the Pittsburgh Foundation. He lives in Massachusetts.


instructions for accessing the Zoom link for the seminar will be sent to registered participants by email.