ESP Biography


Major: Mathematics/UMass Lowell

College/Employer: MIT

Year of Graduation: 1994

Picture of Sherene Raisbeck

Brief Biographical Sketch:

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Past Classes

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The Future is NOT what it used to be in Spark 2018 (Mar. 17 - 18, 2018)
Both science fiction authors and futurists have been trying to figure out what the future would look like for a long time! In this class, we will look backwards at the ideas of the future looked like - jet packs for everybody, robots in everyday life, living on the moon, or perhaps WWIII and IV, and other dystopian prospects. Join this class and your future will be looking up!

Magic Systems in Fantasy Stories in Spark 2018 (Mar. 17 - 18, 2018)
We'll spend a good chunk of this class exploring how magic is presented in a variety of books and movies, after which we will see about constructung our own, either individually or collectively, as the class prefers.

Building Histories for Your Fantasy, Science Fiction, or Dystopia in Spark 2018 (Mar. 17 - 18, 2018)
In the year 2150, we've colonized Mars. How did we get from here to there? On the planet Trzymy, there is a plot to overthrow the Usurper! How did he come to power and what is the heritage of his country? We're doomed. We know we're doomed. The leaders say so. Has it always been this way? If not, when did things change and how? Creating a solid history to lean on in your story telling can make the tale a lot easier to craft for an author, or at least a lot easier to follow for a reader! We will work to understand how histories work and what we need to do to build them!

Non-linear Thinking in a Linear World in Spark 2018 (Mar. 17 - 18, 2018)
Does doing one thing at a time drive you batty? Do people frequently tell you to pay attention or to 'stay on topic?' Do you think in pictures instead of words? Does the whole "You have to do it in the right order" concept bother you? Join us for an exploration of the How's and Why's of non-linear thinking. We'll talk about how to recognize and develop strengths, not just how to 'fit in.'