Rotating worlds by 90 degrees – a writing workshop on imagining the future in a horizontal perspective.

Taking place a part of Rupert, Lithuania’s Alternative Education program, blending zoom and small collective groups, this writing workshop explored what a horizontal perspective (rather than upright) might look like for writing speculative fiction, as an experimental method for imagining worlds with the social model of disability in mind. Through writing experiments we developed a horizontal perspective as a way of seeing differently, imagined what the future could be differently in story telling – as a method both for writing and to inform art practices more widely. The workshop explored Ursula Le Guin’s essay The Carrier Bag Theory of Fiction which problematises ‘hero story telling’ at the expense of a feminist ground work taken for granted; a text from Sami Schalk’s book Bodyminds reimagined. (Dis)ability, Race, and Gender in Black Women’s Speculative Fiction which articulates what speculative fiction can do as a method to examine things we may have never examined, and re-imagine things we thought we knew; with the social model of disability and what it means. Through a series of writing experiments, and writerly inspiration from the archives and stories of Octavia Butler (The Book of Martha and Dawn) we explore hero vs ground work; portrait vs landscape; to develop a way of seeing horizontally in the develop of each of the participants visions for future worlds.