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Writing Place: Make Setting Come Alive

June 19 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT

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Does your writing feel flat or unfocused? Harness the power of setting to ground your reader and bring your sentences to life on the page.

Your readers ask questions about your characters or focus, or they want more urgency, so you try to rearrange things and start in a different place. But still, the writing somehow isn’t vivid enough. Strangely enough, the problem might be in the setting–or lack thereof. People can’t exist without places; we are always getting cues from where our body attaches to the ground.

Setting is an immediate way to anchor and focus the reader, yet it’s often neglected in favor of focusing on action and characters. Using place as a way to ground a piece of writing–even with a few words here and there–delivers a memorable dose of realness that pervades an entire manuscript. We will look at examples of setting and place that provide not only a grounding for a narrative but also use place to pose questions, inhabit a moment in time, and propel narrative and reflection. We will explore a range of techniques to help distill your knowledge of the place you write about into details that support your writing and voice.

In this webinar, you will:
  • EXPLORE examples of vivid and focused writing with setting
  • LEARN  how character and place are intertwined
  • DISCOVER how description can be woven with scene and action.
  • LEARN techniques for analyzing and using the many elements on place in your work

This webinar is for…

  • Writers who have received comments that their work “needs more detail,” or the reader “couldn’t connect.”
  • Writers struggling to insert setting into narrative while still keeping the pace rolling.
  • Writers who have a strong sense of setting for their work but have questions about when, where, why, and how.
  • Writers who focus on place and want a range of techniques to amp up their work.

Closed captioning is available ✔
All registrants receive the recording ✔


SONYA HUBER is the author of eight books, including the new essay collection, Love and Industry: A Midwestern Workbook as well as the writing guide, Voice First: A Writer’s Manifesto, and an award-winning essay collection on chronic pain, Pain Woman Takes Your Keys and Other Essays from a Nervous System. Her other books include the Supremely Tiny Acts: A Memoir in a Day, Opa Nobody, Cover Me: A Health Insurance Memoir, and The Backwards Research Guide for Writers. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, Brevity, Creative Nonfiction, The Atlantic, The Guardian, and other outlets. She teaches at Fairfield University and in the Fairfield low-residency MFA program.


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June 19
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT
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