March 10 • 1:00 PM (EST) - 4:00 PM (EST)
About the workshop
Writing about place and home that has "main character syndrome."
Dorothy Allison once wrote that “Change, when it comes, cracks everything open.” Part of writing regionally means discovering the things that you thought you knew about your memory and perception are colored and distorted by the environment that shaped you. In regional writing, setting is key. How is home constructed in place narrative? Through application of all five senses? Does it require thinking of place as character?
Attendees will spend time in this session discussing the craft of place and regional writing in narrative works, essays, and pop culture/media. This will be a collaborative process; one that allows us to consider (and reconsider) questions of “home” when it comes to creative work. Readers will generate work in-session and take home prompts when the workshop is complete.
What you will learn
•To hone the craft of writing place scenes •To hone the craft of reading place scenes •To explore the nuances and intersections of how "home" works in various types of creative writing and in pop culture/media
Students will leave with generated work, further reading, further writing prompts, and a better sense of how to read/write place and home in regional work
What you will be reading
Annie Dillard "Total Eclipse," Beth Kephart "The Craft of Writing," Kristen Arnett "The Problem with Writing About Florida," Louise Erdrich "Where I Ought To Be," Aram Mrjoian "The Spatialization of Fiction," Additional readings TBD
This workshop will be recorded for the convenience of those unable to attend live. The recorded session will be emailed to participants the following day.
About the instructor
Kristen Arnett is the queer author of With Teeth: A Novel (Riverhead Books, 2021) which was a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award in fiction and the New York Times bestselling debut novel Mostly Dead Things (Tin House, 2019) which was also a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award in fiction and was shortlisted for the VCU Cabell First Novelist Award. She was awarded a Shearing Fellowship at Black Mountain Institute and was longlisted for the Joyce Carol Oates Prize. Her next novel, CLOWN, will be published by Riverhead Books (Spring 2025), followed by the publication of an untitled collection of short stories. She has a Masters in Library and Information Science from Florida State University and lives in Orlando, Florida.
Learn to hone your craft on writing about home and place