he Hunger Games. The Road.Ready Player One. The Giver. These widely acclaimed narratives come from a long tradition of storytelling about worlds gloomier, crueler, and more distorted than our own. What makes a piece of fiction “dystopian”? And why has dystopian writing held such a cherished, if subversive, place in literature for the past century? What makes these twisted tales at once unsettling and alluring? In this workshop, we’ll dissect fiction’s dark horse and figure out how to effectively deploy dystopian ideas in our own writing. We’ll talk about why dystopianism is important, and, most importantly, why it should never go away.