Science Fiction as Activism: Writing Futures | Free Word

16 April 2020
19:00 - 21:00

Presented by:
Ama Josephine Budge


Science Fiction writing workshops with Ama Josephine Budge

In light of the current situation regarding COVID-19 (coronavirus) in the UK, we have been revising plans for our forthcoming Finding Power season:

We are happy to say that these workshops will now take place online. More information about this coming soon!


A series of four workshops on 16 April, 30 April, 14 May and 28 May – booking includes all four.

How do we “find power” in the face of endless narratives of despair, apocalypse and defeat? What possibilities emerge from imagining new futures which disrupt existing power dynamics?

Join Ama Josephine Budge for four empowering bi-weekly writing workshops. We will create alternative worlds, taking sci-fi as a point of departure and centring marginalised and queer protagonists. Together we will map-out several short stories during the first workshop, and develop them over the course of the 2 month programme. At the end of the course you will have the choice to present your work at a public event, receive feedback from a panel of experienced writers and be provided with a cheat-sheet of publications and podcasts to consider submitting to.

This course is for writers, activists, and those who would like to write and/or change something they feel passionate about, but have never had the chance to start.

No prior experience necessary– LGBTQ+ and people of colour are particularly welcome to join.

There is a limited number of accessible places, available on a first-come-first-served basis.

16 April 2020
19:00 - 21:00
£35 - £120

Ama Josephine Budge


Ama Josephine Budge

Writer, Artist, Curator and Pleasure Activist

Ama Josephine Budge is a Speculative Writer, Artist, Curator and Pleasure Activist whose work navigates intimate explorations of race, art, ecology and feminism, working to activate movements that catalyse human rights, environmental evolutions and troublesomely queered identities. Ama is a Guest Curator with Theatre Deli and a PhD candidate in Psychosocial Studies with Dr Gail Lewis at Birkbeck. Her research takes a queer, decolonial approach to challenging climate colonialism in Sub-Saharan Africa with a particular focus on inherently environmentalist pleasure practices in Ghana. Ama is a member of Queer Ecologies 2020, the Black Dreamers collective with Junauda Petrus and Lead Artist on the MycoLective project with Chisenhale Studios and Feral Practice.



There is step-free access to all areas of Free Word and a number of other facilities available to make the venue accessible.

• Our box office, theatre and hall are all on the ground floor with step-free access from the street
• Meeting rooms and offices are accessible by lift from the ground floor
• There are two accessible toilets on the ground floor. All our toilets are individual, gender neutral cubicles.
• Hearing loops are available at the box office and in this meeting room.
• The foyer and café areas are our designated quiet spaces – if you need to leave the event at any time, you’re welcome to use these areas.
• If you need to bring someone for assistance, please get in touch with us so we can provide a free ticket for them

Please talk to our team if you have specific access requirements.


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