Writers Retreat 2019: People, Places, Prose with Eric Charles May

Start Date:
Monday, June 10, 2019
End Date:
Thursday, June 13, 2019
Location:
Writing House
4000 M-137
Interlochen, MI 49643
United States

What happens when people and place interact? How can tension (a.k.a. story) arise organically from these two elements? Using examples from the writing of Vladimir Nabokov, Toni Morrison, Gustave Flaubert, Lee Hope, Louise Erdrich, Ann Petry, Virginia Woolf, Jill Cement, David Lida and Reginald McKnight, we'll explore effective fictional and nonfictional approaches to developing people and places to pull our readers in. Writing exercises include The Opposite Character, Story and Journal, Dream Tellings, finding the dramatic tension in passive characters, as well as how to handle time effectively in both short and long prose story writing. Come away with strategies for developing characters or nonfiction people who are similar you, as well as those who may be significantly different: men writing female characters, women writing male characters; Black writers writing White characters, and vice versa. Consider these characters or nonfiction people in place, and strengthen your skills on the page as you learn how to entice readers to spend time in these places, too.

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