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Saturday, April 6 • 3:00pm - 4:15pm
7H: Person and Place: Writing Effective Settings FULL
Limited Capacity full

Setting isn’t just the backdrop over which we drape our other story elements, and effectively writing setting means more than painting, however impressively, a static picture. This session will explore the relationship between settings and the characters who navigate and narrate them. Sometimes setting asserts itself in an obvious way--through a lethally harsh landscape, for example--but more often the writer manipulates subtler shades of comfort or discomfort, familiarity or unfamiliarity, nostalgia or surprise. How does setting description differ when characters explore places new to them, versus when characters enter a place so excruciatingly familiar it’s crowded with their own remembered selves?

We’ll examine and discuss examples of effectively written settings in literature and consider how the authors were able to bring to the page the complexities of the relationship between person and place. With writing exercises we’ll practice activating our own settings, putting them to work in our stories.

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Caitlin Horrocks

Caitlin Horrocks is author of the novel The Vexations (Little, Brown, 2019) and the story collection This Is Not Your City (Sarabande, 2011), which was a New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice and a Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers selection. Her stories and essays... Read More →

Saturday April 6, 2019 3:00pm - 4:15pm EDT
St. James Room - 4th Floor