Experiments in Thought - Creative Writing Workshop

Monday, 21st May 2018 at 10:00am
IASH


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Thought experiments are exercises of imagination in which philosophers and scientists think through possibilities, arguments and ideas. From Plato’s cave to the trolley problem, from Schrödinger’s cat mysteriously suspended between life and death to Einstein running alongside a beam of light, thought experiments are where imagination shades into philosophy and science becomes fiction.
This interdisciplinary creative writing workshop explores the possibilities of this blurred boundary. In it, participants will produce short stories, poems or dramatic pieces inspired by thought experiments. Attendees can use thought experiments from their experience, or draw from the many examples from all fields of study in order to create new, strange and exciting pieces of writing.
This workshop is open to beginners, especially those who study philosophy or science and who are interested in writing, as well as creative writers of all levels.
The workshop will be coordinated by Dr Chris Kitson, Postdoctoral Fellow in English Literature at IASH, Dr Jane McKie, Lecturer in Creative Writing, University of Edinburgh, and Dr Alasdair Richmond, Senior Lecturer in Philosophy, University of Edinburgh.

The workshop will last all day, from 10am until approximately 5pm.

Lunch will be provided and there will be a wine reception and reading at the end of the event.

The provisional structure of the event is as follows:
    10.00-10.30……………………………………… Welcome and short introductory talk
    10.30-12.30……………………………………… Structured creative writing exercises
    12.30-13.00……………………………………… Feedback and discussion
    13.00-14.00……………………………………… Buffet Lunch
    14.00-16.00……………………………………… Workshop session building on morning’s activities.
    16.00-17.00……………………………………… Wine reception and reading of workshopped pieces.


If you would like any more information about the event, please do not hesitate to contact ckitson02@qub.ac.uk

 


When

Starts: Monday, May 21st 2018 at 10:00am

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Timezone: Europe/London
Bookings close: May 21st 2018

Where

IASH
2 Hope Park Square
Edinburgh
EH8 9NW
United Kingdom
 

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This event is organized by Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities, the University of Edinburgh.

Telephone 0131 650 4671
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