Online: Zoom

Novel Revision Series: Image Systems

Saturday, December 10th from 10:30am-1:30pm (EST).
Online: Zoom
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Level: For Everyone
Adult (18+)
33 seats max

An image system is a set of related descriptive details adding up to a resonant constellation of meaning within a story or a novel. Image systems are an important but infrequently discussed technique for crafting subliminally powerful fiction. Hidden patterns that appeal to the deep-rooted human affinity for unity and order, image systems can contribute much to a gripping and emotionally satisfying reading experience. But they must be organic to the story in question, and they must be used with great subtlety and skill. In this practical, interactive craft talk, we’ll use passages from modern and classic novelists to illustrate the uses of image systems, and we'll discuss ways to recognize and harness material that may already exist within your own work-in-progress to increase its thematic resonance and impact.

Class Format

This class will take place using Zoom videoconferencing. About 15 minutes before your class is scheduled to begin, you'll receive an email from your instructor with a link to join the class meeting!

Scholarship Information

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Timothy Weed
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