Classes & Workshops

Ages: 12-14

Dystopian Literature

Instructor(s): Amie McLaughlin
Location: WAB – 740 University Ave.


The Hunger Games has re-popularized the dystopian literature genre. Defined as fiction where characters struggle in an oppressive society that is the opposite of a utopia—or perfect place— it is often written to make a commentary on the inequality of our current systems. In this class, we will read short stories by Kurt Vonnegut, Ray Bradbury, Shirley Jackson, E.M. Forster, and Harlan Ellison and also discuss the dystopian classics Brave New World and 1984, as well as contemporary works such as The Hunger Games, Maze Runner, and The Giver. Through readings, discussions, movie clips, and fun activities, we will learn the specific techniques of the craft that will have us dreaming up dystopian worlds as we write our very own short stories.


If you would like to make a request for an accommodation, please email us at at least 10 days prior to the event.


To register for this class, or to get more information, please call (585)-473-2590 x107.