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Community Reads: Climate Fiction Inspiration

A guide to the Community Reads program at UWB/CC Campus Library

This page is a collection of resources meant to inspire you in the process of creating your own visionary climate fiction.

Event Resources | Lindsey Brodeck

On February 20th, we hosted Lindsey Brodeck, author of the short story "Afterglow," to help launch our writing awards. Below, we are including  the text of her talk as well as her recommended "climate writing syllabus."

Climate Writing Syllabus


"The climate crisis is complex and multifaceted - because of this, it demands multifaceted solutions. I think any good piece of climate fiction implores the reader to think creatively, and on multiple levels. What can we do right now in our communities? How can we change our relationship with nature, and how does language factor into that relationship? What is our collective vision for a just and regenerative world, and how can we get there? There is no one right way to tackle the climate crisis, but one thing is for certain: everyone has (and must have) a role to play in imagining and crafting a better future. We all bring different strengths to the climate justice table, and like Talli, the protagonist in Afterglow, I think we can only discover these strengths by following what we're naturally curious about."

-excerpt from Lindsey's Feb. 20th talk for the UWB/CC community

The full text of her talk, generously provided by Lindsey, can be read here.

Event Resources | Madeline Ostrander

On February 20th, in collaboration with the UWB/CC Sustainability Offices, we moderated a talk with Madeline Ostrander, author of the book At Home on an Unruly Planet. Though Madeline's work is journalistic rather than fictional, we wanted to share her recommendations for further reading about climate justice in case any of it is inspiring to you. Below is a list of resources Madeline recommends: