Teaching Creative Writing

matthew de abaitua creative writing university of essex

I am a lecturer in Creative Writing at the University of Essex. I teach Writing and Understanding Science Fiction to third-year undergraduates and writing the novel for postgraduates on the MA. Studying a Creative Writing degree at Essex. from University of Essex on Vimeo.

How to Write Science Fiction

how to write science fiction

Not that I consider myself an expert. A neophyte, still. But I’ve gleaned some ideas from other more experienced writers and put together an article on writing science fiction for Publishing Talk, here.   Here is an extract about robots: Robots replace workers, and they always have, ever since a sorcerer first summoned a golem…

The Dinner Party Wars

dinner party wars by matthew de abaitua

A short story at 3:AM magazineMy short story ‘The Dinner Party Wars’ can be read for free and in full at alternative literary site 3:AM. It’s about the highly formalised duelling that goes on between the dinner party set in London. Only vintage weapons are allowed. I wrote ‘The Dinner Party Wars’ over ten years…

Head Space

Still from Ed Atkins' Ribbons

Interview with Ed Atkins for FriezeIn conversation with Ed Atkins for Frieze Magazine, September 2014 I meet with Ed Atkins in a side room of Cabinet, a London gallery close to the cluster of tech start-ups around the Old Street roundabout. As a science fiction writer, I’m interested in how technology is changing us, and…