The workshop was hosted by charming Holly-Jane Rahlens, a born New Yorker, now living in Berlin. She has been working in radio, television, and film and is also writing fiction for readers of all ages. She is an author of several books.
|Holly-Jane Rahlens lecturing at the Carl-Schurz-Haus|
Well roar’d Lioness, although I would regard word-building as a tricky venture for writers whose mother tongue is not English.
My first question was whether the script of the movie “The Day After Tomorrow” could be real or whether it was pure science fiction. Holly-Janes reply was that a good story must come from the heart and entertain. That is the most important.
I insisted asking, “Is the knowledge of science necessary or rather detrimental when writing science fiction?” Although supported by a lady, a biochemist in the audience, the question remained unanswered. I understood that in fiction a different physics is possible ... on another planet.
Holly-Janes spoke about her new book "Infinitissimo - The Man Who Fell Through Time" playing in the alternative world of a GGG (General Global Government) in 2264. While writing she intuitively builds her new world just following a road map but stopping at various landmarks, she said.
Time was too short of challenging the participants of the workshop with a lengthy exercise, so in the end, we were invited to write a Haiku about some fictitious future. Here comes my imperfect contribution:
All CO2 is in the air,
A cheese cover on Mother Earth.
Mother, help your children!
Instead of the required 5, 7, 5 syllable sequence I verbosely used 6, 8, 6. Not too bad for my first Haiku.
Thank you, Holly-Jane for a pleasant afternoon with so many valuable stimuli.