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August 27 @ 10:00 am EDT - 12:30 pm EDT

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Genre: Writers Craft 
  • Summer 2022
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  • Hybrid
Room: Classroom 1


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Infusing Setting with Character in Fantasy Fiction

Setting in fantasy fiction is more than just the imaginary time and space where the plot happens, i.e. the neutral zone of conflict and action. In the best fantasy fiction, setting can approach the status of character, and in doing so holds the potential for externalizing otherwise obscured psychological, spiritual, and thematic concerns. Consider the Gothic labyrinth of Dracula’s castle, the barren wastelands of Mordor, the claustrophobic decadence of King’s Landing, the quirky eccentricity of Hogwarts: these famous fantasy zones are more than just places. Instead, they resonate with readers almost as if they were characters with personality and dynamic intention. In this workshop, we will explore techniques for rendering fantasy settings as dynamic characters. After a brief discussion, workshop participants will respond to three interrelated prompts to brainstorm, develop, and ultimately flesh out a memorable fantasy setting.

Please note: This class or event is hybrid. Some attendees will be in-person and some will attend online. Currently, you do not have to show proof of vaccination to attend events or visit our center. But, proof of vaccination is required to attend an in-person class (ages 12 and older). Please read all our re-opening guidelines and important information before you visit, and be aware that there may be a limited number of seats available. If you are participating online (using Zoom or a similar live platform), students or attendees should have a stable internet connection. Class participants: you should have a computer or device with a webcam and microphone; and your Zoom link will be automatically sent to you after you register. Check your spam box if you don't see it.

The MuseTeacher: Jason Carney

Prerequisite: Open to writers with some workshop experience