Cassandra is the Writer in Residence at Library! at Bown Crossing in Boise for May and June 2019. This page is a compilation of notes, fragments, and reflections to serve as a record of the project.

Artist’s Statement. Speculative fiction of all kinds–science fiction, fantasy, fabulism, and more–often begins with wild leaps of empathy, curiosity, and wonder. But how do you write sensitively outside your own experience? In this Vox Poplar project, Cassandra will look at the role of empathy from visualization of novel concept to sketched-out fragments, story arcs, and emerging character voices, with a special emphasis on how to explore the Other and the Unknown in a way that is both compassionate and honest.

Session 1