Place can be as strong as character in fiction, and writers have long been exploring humanity’s complex relationship with our environment, from Herman Melville in Moby-Dick to Barbara Kingsolver in Flight Behavior.
In this six-week fiction workshop, we’ll explore the theme of the environment, whether environment refers to your character’s relationship to his inner-city neighborhood or your novel’s setting in the wilderness. Through readings and writing exercises, we’ll look at the ways in which location, the natural world, industry, wildlife, and a changing climate affect story and character. Designed both for writers who want to generate new work as well as those who want to explore this theme, this workshop will offer assignments to help us go deeper into our relationship with our surroundings and learn how best to portray setting in the fictional realm.
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“Midge offers impressively rich information, energy, and inspiration. She’s very approachable, helpful, and generous with her time.”
“Midge is extremely organized and effective: the subject matter very useful.”
“Midge presents models and explains in detail the steps to writing fiction, what to delete, what to keep, how to set the scene immediately, the subtle details. She is an inspiring teacher and helped me with a piece that was complicated and difficult and rewarding to write.”
Midge Raymond is the author of Forgetting English, which received the Spokane Prize for Short Fiction. Her fiction and nonfiction has appeared in magazines and journals including TriQuarterly, Bellevue Literary Review, Witness, the Los Angeles Times, and Poets & Writers. She is also the author of two books for writers, Everyday Writing and Everyday Book Marketing, published by Ashland Creek Press, a boutique press she co-founded in 2011.
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