[VIRTUAL] Workshop: Building Imaginary Worlds with the Salam Award with Nur Ibrahim and Usman T. Malik
Nur Ibrahim and Usman T. Malik
[VIRTUAL] Workshop: Building Imaginary Worlds with the Salam Award with Nur Ibrahim and Usman T. Malik

Saturday, September 17 | 10 AM ET – 12:30 PM ET
Online | 1 session | FREE | REGISTER HERE!


This workshop will be captioned. For access needs please e-mail tle@aaww.org.


This 2.5 hour session is for writers of science fiction, fantasy, and any imaginative genre, developing their worlds with a particular and fantastical eye toward myths, legends, and folktales that we grew up with. Students will learn how to adapt and twist classic worlds to suit their stories, as well as build new settings from scratch. 

With instructors from the Salam Award, Pakistan’s first imaginative and science fiction writing competition, they will read excerpts from South Asian mythologies, and do in-class exercises that are tailored to their own cultural experiences. We will also discuss world-building through a visual lens using online tools popular with science fiction and fantasy writers. Students will engage in discussion about blending realism with fantasy, building relatable contexts inside fantastical worlds, and more. 

We want students who are fans of science fiction and fantasy, but are interested in exploring non-Anglocentric narratives and settings, with a particular eye towards Asian and Asian American worlds. Our instructors hail from Pakistan and will be using their backgrounds to aid classroom instruction.


Usman T. Malik’s fiction has been published at Al-Jazeera, WIRED, Center for Science and Imagination (Arizona State University), in New Voices of Fantasy and several year’s best anthologies including The Best American Science Fiction & Fantasy series. He has been nominated for the World Fantasy, Locus, and Eugie Foster awards, and has won the Bram Stoker and the British Fantasy awards. Usman’s debut book Midnight Doorways: Fables from Pakistan won the 2022 Crawford Award from the International Association for the Fantastic in Arts (IAFA) and was on Washington Post’s 2021 list of best new science fiction and fantasy collections.

Nur Ibrahim is a 2022 AAWW Margins Fellow and Lighthouse Book Project Fellow. Her fiction and nonfiction has been published in the collections, Horse Girls (Harper Perennial), A Map is Only One Story (Catapult), The Gollancz Book of South Asian Science Fiction (Hachette India), Asian Ghost Short Stories (Flame Tree Press), SHORTS (Platypus Press), and the magazines The Aleph Review, Salmagundi, Barrelhouse, and more. She was nominated twice as a finalist for the Salam Award for Imaginative Fiction.

[VIRTUAL] Workshop: Building Imaginary Worlds with the Salam Award with Nur Ibrahim and Usman T. Malik

Nur Ibrahim and Usman T. Malik
Saturday, September 17, 2022
10:00 AM

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