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When the Community Becomes a Character: The Power of Place in Fiction

Saturday, August 6th, from 10:30am-1:30pm (EST).
Online: Zoom
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Level: For Everyone
Adult (18+)
13 seats max

In fiction, creating a sense of place--especially of a township, city, or other kind of community--involves instilling in readers an acute impression of a location's physical description, mood, atmosphere, and collective imagination, and the ways in which this collective imagination, with its imbued norms and expectations, affects the lives and conflicts of the story's characters.

In this workshop, writers will participate in generative exercises designed to create a sense of place in this wider sense: not just as the passive "setting" in which characters act, but as an active participant in the characters' lives through the force of its sociological existence. We will have time to generate and edit 3-5 pages of double-spaced prose in which characters based in a community engage in a conflict.

We will consult excerpts from the novel Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng; and the short story "Tuesday Siesta," by Gabriel García Márquez. 

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!

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Rolando Lopez
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