Root Worlds: Intersectional Foundations for New Imaginations

May 19, 2018

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Join us for Root Worlds Writing Workshop's pilot program, a FREE day-long event focused on fundamentals particular to the writing of science fiction and fantasy stories.

The Root Worlds Writing Workshop is a Speculative Fiction Workshop meant for marginalized youth in San Diego. There will be published authors to teach skills and concepts, as well as UCSD students to help the youth workshop their own stories. By helping underserved teens develop skills in worldbuilding, as well as exposing them to speculative fiction writers who represent aspects of their experience, Root Worlds aims to both help youth explore their own identities and social agency through speculative fiction, and to inspire the next generation of writers to change the landscape of the genre.

UCSD and Wordsmiths welcomes all San Diego Community students (Middle to Community College) to attend this event.

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At this event, you will...

Learn from acclaimed Sci-Fi and Fantasy authors local to Southern California:

  • Livia Blackburne - Author of Midnight Thief
  • Stephanie Diaz - Author of Extraction/book editor
  • Lisa Bolekaja - Staff Writer at Bitch Flicks/Co-host of Screenwriters Rant Room Podcast
  • Professor Shelly Streeby - Author, educator, Director of the Clarion Workshop
  • Professor Beatrice Pita - Supervisor of lower-division Spanish Language and Literature courses, co-author of Lunar Braceros
  • Professor Rosaura Sánchez - Professor of Latin American Literature and Chicano Literature, co-author of Lunar Braceros

Come to the University of California San Diego and the Cross-Cultural Center to experience a college campus, interacting with undergraduate and graduate students.

And, of course, learn how to create worlds.

Students from all walks of life are welcome to the event!

*Free food for all attendees

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What is the Arthur C. Clarke Center for Human Imagination?

The Arthur C. Clarke Center for Human Imagination integrates the arts, sciences, humanities, engineering and medicine to work on a new theoretical framework for exploring the basis of imagination. Through a global network of scientific and cultural partners we transfer discoveries from the University to the world beyond.

What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

If you require transportation, please contact

If you are going to drive to the event, all visitors to the UC San Diego campus are required to display a valid parking pass. The closest parking to the Cross-Cultural Center is Gilman Parking Structure. 

What can I bring into the event?

School supplies and a creative spirit.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Please email

Is it ok if the name on my ticket or registration doesn't match the person who attends?