Nonfiction writers working in essay and memoir can bring setting to life so it becomes a character as much as any of their human characters. Learn how to establish place and render it with characteristics so it informs and colors the work as a whole.
May 6, 2019 – June 30, 2019
The online classroom is active and available 24/7, making it the perfect opportunity for writers anywhere in the world to engage in the weekly lectures, writing exercises, and dynamic conversation with peers and instructor any time.
In all forms of writing, a town or city, a room or a yard can be as much a protagonist as a human of flesh and bone.
In this class, we’ll read clips from both fiction and nonfiction that concern a deep investment in place. We will approach the issue of place as character in several ways:
Students with an interest in essay and memoir writing should enroll to learn more about the mechanics of who, what, where, when and why as applied to writing. The class project will be a 1,200-word excerpt for any type of personal or nonfiction writing, with several shorter “warm-up” writing exercises beforehand, gradually building to the final assignment.
All writers- from entry-level writers to experienced- will get a tremendous amount of craft and insight from this course. No prior writing experience is necessary. Just bring your love of the written word and a story to tell!
Class Delivery Format
Online course with weekly discussions and conversation/participation deadlines. Class and workshop hybrid with a writing component.
Which Writers Might You Read?
The Grapes of Wrath, Steinbeck; The Theory of Supermarkets, Hitt; Ode to Waffle House, Juond; This is New York, White; Jeter, Moehringer; Soldier of the Great War, Helprin; and more.
Some Areas We Will Cover
The final assignment is a 1,500 word piece, which is the standard length of short-form memoir and creative nonfiction or fiction. Participants will be encouraged to submit their work at the end of the class to a variety of literary magazines and journals. Feedback will be provided throughout the workshop.
[ezcol_1quarter]Dates:[/ezcol_1quarter] [ezcol_3quarter_end]May 6, 2019 – June 39, 2019[/ezcol_3quarter_end]
[ezcol_1quarter]Length:[/ezcol_1quarter] [ezcol_3quarter_end]8 weeks[/ezcol_3quarter_end]
[ezcol_1quarter]Where:[/ezcol_1quarter] [ezcol_3quarter_end]Online in a secure One Lit Place classroom[/ezcol_3quarter_end]
[ezcol_1quarter]Format:[/ezcol_1quarter] [ezcol_3quarter_end]Weekly lecture & readings with 24/7 classroom engagement and access[/ezcol_3quarter_end]
[ezcol_1quarter]Instructor:[/ezcol_1quarter] [ezcol_3quarter_end]Kenneth R. Rosen [/ezcol_3quarter_end]