Whether in memoir or fiction, a story’s setting is often a character itself, creating an experience for the reader. Writers like Sandra Cisneros, Joan Didion, Toni Morrison, and Jesmyn Ward do this in their work, conveying places and spaces in ways that make us cringe, cry, or wonder. How do these writers create big moments out of places and spaces, and how can we emulate them? In this workshop, we’ll use images and writing prompts — including using our eyes as a “camera” — to help us draft scenes that breathe with authority. We’ll read excerpts from essays and stories to keep the excitement rolling. By workshop’s end, you’ll have several drafts to get you going, along with a handout of resources to keep you writing.
Lisa Lopez Snyder’s essays and short stories have been featured in 34th Parallel, Adelaide, Gravel, The Raleigh Review, The Foliate Oak Literary Magazine, and other magazines. Her essay, “In Transit,” won The Chattahoochee Review’s 2011 Lamar York Prize for Nonfiction and she was named the 2015 Carl Sandburg Writer-in-Residence.