Using Place in Your Writing
Remember the place? Maybe it’s the background in a selfie you took on vacation or a room in the house you grew up in or even some place that resides only in your imagination. Whatever it is, this place resonates with you. It is, in its own way, inviting you to use it in your own writing. In our workshop, you’ll learn how to emphasize place in your poems, fiction, and creative nonfiction. You’ll discover how to use setting in ways that can drive—or reflect—character and plot and imagery. You’ll explore some fresh avenues for crafting various settings as powerful components in your own writing. Then, with the help of writing prompts, photographs, and drawings, you’ll compose a setting or two. Also, we’ll discuss passages by known writers that emphasize setting and employ it in novel ways.
About the Instructor: Charles Israel, Jr., teaches creative writing at Queens University of Charlotte. His poetry chapbook, Stacking Weather, was published by Amsterdam Press. He’s also had poems and stories in Crazyhorse, Field, The Cortland Review, The Adirondack Review, Nimrod International Journal, Pembroke Magazine, Zone 3, Journal of the American Medical Association, and North Carolina Literary Review. He likes to read ancient epic poetry and contemporary creative nonfiction about voyages and journeys, sports and war. He lives in Charlotte with his wife, Leslie.