I’ll be teaching a new class at the Saints and Sinners Literary Festival (SASfest)in New Orleans, May 12-15th, 2011: “Building Credible Worlds/Making Setting Work for Your Story.
Here's what I'll be teaching:
Setting is not simple backdrop, like a green screen on which on film is shot. Setting in fiction plays an important role in theme, plot, genre, and even characterization. Whether your write sci-fi, historicals, erotica, or modern psychological drama, your setting can make or break your story. In this Master’s Class, we’ll look at:
- What are the key to a well-drawn fictional world?
- What elements assist in creating an effective setting and better yet, an efficient setting that works for your story?
- How the setting can be drawn to challenge the protagonist in his/her quest.
- How a setting must allow the author to control movement of the characters and introduce diversity of events and characters.
We’ll look at some of the opening pages and/or maps of:
- The Lathe of Heaven
- Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
- Red Dwarf
- Perfume: Story of a Murderer
- The Hobbit
- And The World Beneath
And then for fun, we’ll take a free-form map and create a world of our own to see how what a setting requires.
As for the rest of the SASfest, it's shaping up nicely as it does every year. Stay tuned for more.
Causes Jess Wells Supports
Doctors Without Borders, Amnesty International, Friends of the Urban Forest, The Heifer Project, Forests Forever, NRDC