Details, Details (with Sara Rauch) - ONLINE
Vladimir Nabokov has said, “Caress the detail, the divine detail.” Details are the bricks with which a writer builds a story. Without the right details, a piece of writing lacks immediacy, clarity, and charm. But you can have too much of a good thing! Overloading your work with unnecessary details—even beautiful ones—can slow down the plot and distract readers. So, how does one balance the necessity of detail with the overall arc and structure of a piece of writing? What, exactly, comprises a perfect detail? In this craft class, we’ll look at a variety examples and discuss how, where, and why details work, or don’t. We’ll discuss what’s too much and what’s not enough, how “good” and “bad” details usually depend on context, and how to decide if a detail is pertinent to a piece or not. We’ll spend some time discussing how detail influences the reader’s perception of the work as a whole, and how to make sure the details you choose inform your work in the best way possible. Finally, we’ll play with finessing some of our own details, so bring a short scene (1-2 pages) of a piece-in-progress to work with. Limited to 12 writers.
WHEN: 3 Hours: Sunday, May 2 (1 - 4pm EST)
WHERE: Online, via Zoom video conference
ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR
SARA RAUCH is the author of WHAT SHINES FROM IT: STORIES, which won the Electric Book Award. Her prose has appeared in Paper Darts, Hobart, Gravel, Split Lip, So to Speak, Autofocus, and more. She holds an MFA from Pacific University, and lives with her family in Holyoke, MA.
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