December workshop report: Going deep—the ethics and methods of immersion

What happens when, as we research and write, we take a really deep dive—especially into subject matter that might be outside our expertise, or into a complicated real-world situation, or even into the minds of the people we’re writing about? What ethical problems arise for us as writers? What writing techniques can we use? How…

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Literary science writing wins award

Exciting news for all of us working in the mysterious creative space between the literary arts and science: yesterday, the debut novel Beasts of the Sea by Iida Turpeinen won the Helsingin Sanomat Literature Prize. The novel has also been nominated for Finland’s most prestigious literary award, the Finlandia Prize (which was won by our…

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A new film about reverse aging through gene therapy

Screenwriter and filmmaker Hanna Vastinsalo has a PhD in genetics that inspires her work, including her haunting new sci-fi film about reverse aging via gene therapy. The film, Palimpsest, has three screenings in Helsinki this month as part of the Love & Anarchy film festival: Saturday, 16 September Sunday, 17 September Thursday, 21 September Trailer,…

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