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Vice versa: Why creative writing is like engineering

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Vice versa: why creative writing is like engineering

From machines that move to moving audiences. Why engineering and creative writing have much more in common than you may think

The process of creative writing and engineering design are very similar. This talk by a creative writer and engineer will make a side-by-side comparison of the creative writing and engineering design processes to show the similarities between them. This challenges conventional thinking and has profound implications about how each discipline can help the other and the potential impact on educational strategies.


Fraser Grace is an award-winning writer. His best-known play Breakfast with Mugabe was premiered by the Royal Shakespeare Company and revived in the UK and the USA.  More recently, Always Orange  - about living through a terrorist attack on a major city - helped to relaunch The Other Place, the RSC’s base for new writing.  The latest, BLISS, based on a short story by the Russian writer, Andrey Platonov and premiered in Voronezh, Russia, is scheduled for production in St Petersburg and London. Fraser also writes poetry, short fiction, and opera libretti, and is co-author with Clare Bayley of Playwriting: A Writers’ and Authors’ Companion published by Bloomsbury; a Consultant Fellow of the Royal Literary Fund, and a full member of the Writers Guild of Great Britain. Fraser is co-director of the Master of Studies (MSt) in Writing for Performance at the University of Cambridge Institute for Continuing Education. A brand new two-year, part-time programme of study, the course launched as a digital experience in September 2020. 

Ian Hosking is a senior researcher in the Cambridge University Engineering Department and a user research lead in the University Information Service Division. He is an inventor on numerous patents, has been involved in a number of technology start-ups and is also currently helping lead an initiative to use artificial intelligence to predict patient flow in accident and emergency departments. He has a passion for design education and encouraging creativity in the next generation through the Designing Our Tomorrow initiative.

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Additional Information

Age: Adults, Young Adults 12 – 18
Timing: Available on Demand
Cost: 0
Theme: Explore, Society
Image copyright: Photo by Lum3n from Pexels

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