Sarah Pragnell
Mar 30, 2020 · 8 min read
“But within every Dystopia there is a little Utopia” — Margaret Atwood

Writing Dystopia In a Pandemic

What COVID-19 can teach writers about building pre- and post-apocalyptic worlds

As writers we are told to write what we know and, although I believe that to be rubbish advice, I wouldn’t be surprised that if, over the coming months, we see a resurgence in the dystopian genre with a common theme: pandemics, pathogens and contagions.