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Past, Present, and Future Tense: An Octavia Butler Writing Workshop

February 10 @ 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

This writing workshop covers the genres of Afrofuturism, Speculative Fiction, and Science Fiction, inspired by the work of Octavia Butler. 

Writers of all levels will appreciate this workshop on developing complex characters. Everyone has a story to tell, but what is it that makes a story compelling? Do we know more about a character based on what the author reveals or conceals? Students will create a profile for a new character and then practice dramatic writing by resolving a conflict.

The workshop is facilitated by author Zetta Elliot, and is free, open to all.

Registration is required for this event. Register here. 

About Zetta Elliot

Zetta Elliott is a poet, playwright, and the award-winning author of forty books for young readers, including the bestselling Dragons in a Bag series. Her poetry has been published in anthologies for adults and young readers, including New Daughters of Africa and We Rise, We Resist, We Raise Our Voices. Her first collection of poetry, Say Her Name, won the 2021 Lion and the Unicorn Award for Excellence in North American Poetry. A Place Inside of Me: A Poem to Heal the Heart, was named a 2021 Notable Poetry Book by the National Council of Teachers of English and was a Caldecott Honor book. Her essays have appeared in Blavity, The Huffington Post, and Publishers Weekly. Learn more at



February 10
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
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Hyde Park Art Center
5020 South Cornell Avenue, Chicago, IL 60615
Chicago, IL 60615 US
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