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Why Then? Why There? Setting Fiction in Time and Place
August 3 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Instructor: Cliff Garstang
$60 Members | $65 Nonmembers
Saturday, 8/3/19 | 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
In this seminar we will examine the implications of making particular choices for the setting of a work of fiction. Does it matter when the story takes place? Does it matter if the narrative is current or retrospective? And how can the writer use the physical setting to deepen the reader’s engagement with the work. Through examination of well-known works, both stories and novels, writers will gain a better understanding of how to use these elements to their best advantage in their own work.
Clifford Garstang is the author of two collections of short stories, In an Uncharted Country and What the Zhang Boys Know, which won the Library of Virginia Literary Award for Fiction. His novel The Shaman of Turtle Valley will be published by Braddock Avenue Books in March 2019. He is also the editor of the anthology series, Everywhere Stories: Short Fiction from a Small Planet, Volume III of which will be published in October 2018, and the co-founder and former editor of Prime Number Magazine. He holds a BA in Philosophy from Northwestern University, an MA in English and a JD from Indiana University, an MPA from Harvard University, and an MFA in Creative Writing from Queens University of Charlotte.