In 1907 Sigmund Freud once suggested that humankind “cannot subsist on the scanty satisfaction which they can extort from reality”, and that delving into fantasy was an essential part of the human experience. No one knows this more keenly than those who find themselves drawn to the wonderful and bizarre world of Speculative Fiction, where reality is torn apart and put back together in the most fantastical of ways. The work of Freud, and those who followed in his footsteps, provided a pivotal way for readers and literary critics to try and understand both the processes and products of creative writers, and now, increasingly, writers are themselves taking psychoanalytic thought and applying it directly to their own practice. This workshop will introduce writers to many of the key teachings proposed in Freudian, Jungian and Lacanian psychology, and allow them to experiment with tropes and techniques designed to make use of these insights.
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