MONDAY, MAY 6
Creating Compelling Characters Through Setting (Fiction)
Instructor: Lisa Lopez Snyder
In Harper Lee’s novel Go Set a Watchman, and Stewart O’Nan’s Last Night at the Lobster, mundane settings such as a train car and a Red Lobster become fascinating backdrops to characters we suddenly care about. How do they do it and how can we as writers emulate these efforts? In this workshop, we’ll learn and practice techniques for creating memorable fictional characters by using place as a character itself. We’ll read short story and novel excerpts to help us understand the ways in which writers draw on the five senses to create authentic, three-dimensional characters. We’ll mimic those styles with writing exercises that draw our attention to the ordinary setting as quite extraordinary. By the end of this workshop, geared for writers at any stage, you’ll leave with “before and after” drafts, as well as with tips to inspire you on your writing journey.
INSTRUCTOR: 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.