Elements of Writing: Setting (1863)

Two Mondays: May 14, 21, 10:00 a.m. to noon

$60 (10 % off for members)

Believable, fully rounded characters are a key ingredient of good fiction. But the setting in which those characters live and enact their comedy or drama is an equally important, if often more elusive, element of powerful storytelling. Imagine Jane Eyre without the English Moors, or The Odyssey without Greece! In this two-part workshop, we will look at some examples in which setting becomes an active participant in the story, and, through the use of some in class-writing exercises, explore and improve our own ability to create vivid and immediate settings for our work.

*Classes in our “Elements of Writing” series do not need to be taken in conjunction – they are stand-alone writing classes intended for customers to work on specific building blocks of their writing while getting to know some of our writing instructors.

Assigned texts will be excerpts from various novels and short stories provided by the instructor.

Rose Solari is the author of three full-length collections of poetry, The Last Girl, Orpheus in the Park, and Difficult Weather; the one-act play, Looking for Guenevere; and a novel, A Secret Woman. She has lectured and taught writing workshops at many institutions, including the University of Maryland, College Park; St. John’s College, Annapolis; the Jung Society of Washington; The Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing at Arizona State University; and The Centre for Creative Writing at Oxford University’s Kellogg College. Her work as a journalist includes numerous freelance assignments, as well as positions as staff writer and editor for SportsFan Magazine and Common Boundary Magazine.

Her awards include the Randall Jarrell Poetry Prize, an Academy of American Poets’ University Prize, The Columbia Book Award, an EMMA award for excellence in journalism, and multiple grants.

REFUND POLICY: Please note that we can issue class refunds up until seven (7) days before the first class session.

SKU: Setting
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