Put Your Story In Its Place: Making the Most of Setting (with Cindy Littlefield)
It’s hard to overemphasize how compelling setting can be in creative writing. It’s not just that it lends significant context by grounding a story in a physical place and time. Done well, it also has the ability to illustrate and steer the narrative’s emotional undercurrents in dramatic and amazing ways. Think of how influential setting is in shaping such great novels as Water for Elephants, A Thousand Acres, The Shipping News, and The Things They Carried, to name a few. Not to mention the mesmerizing storylines of series such as West Wing, Nurse Jackie, and the Sopranos. This one-day class will delve into the significant role locale, weather, era, culture, and geography play in so many of the captivating narratives we all love. We’ll discuss how to choose and incorporate compelling setting descriptions and details that do the job without being effusive, then work through a series of inspiring prompts to establish a powerful sense of place in our own writing.
CINDY LITTLEFIELD's fiction has appeared in Inside the Bell Jar, Litro, Dogzplot, and the Rose & Thorn Journal, and she was a former finalist in Glimmer Train’s Short Story Award for New Writers. She holds an MFA in creative writing from Southern New Hampshire University and a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Michigan State University. She is a freelance writer, editor, and writing coach who has developed and edited online and print content for a variety of publishers, including Disney Interactive Media, EDDA, and Storey Publishing. Find out more at cindylittlefield.com.
WHEN: Saturday, February 2 (1-4pm)
WHERE: Williamsburg, MA