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This Must Be the Place: Developing Setting in Fiction

Sunday, December 9, 2018

3:00PM - 6:00PM

$60 New Student | $45 Returning


James Joyce said of Ulysses, "I want to give a picture of Dublin so complete that if the city one day suddenly disappeared from the earth it could be reconstructed out of my book." Whether you’re writing short stories set in contemporary Detroit or a historical novel set in 17th Century France, this three-hour class will help you build vividly-realized settings—the essential air your characters breathe.  There will be time for writing exercises, discussion of reading selections, and brief in-class workshopping. Participants are encouraged to bring their own short stories or extracts from their novels-in-progress. In this seminar we’ll explore:

  • The ways setting informs character and plot

  • Establishing time and place through authentic and surprising details

  • Interior and exterior landscapes

  • Fee: $60 or $45 for former/current students

    • Kelsey Ronan, Presenter

    • Sunday, December 9, 2018 - 3:00PM to 6:00PM

    • Seminar meets at Bamboo Detroit at 1420 Washington Blvd #301, Detroit, MI 48226

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Instructor Kelsey Ronan holds an MFA in creative writing from Purdue University and is the former writer-in-residence of the Hub City Writers Project. She grew up in Flint, Michigan and lives in Detroit. Her stories and essays have appeared in many magazines and literary journals, including Michigan Quarterly Review, New Ohio ReviewUtne ReaderKenyon ReviewBelt MagazineIndiana Review, and others. Her essay on the Flint Water Crisis, "Blood and Water," was honored as a notable essay in Best American Essays 2017, and she was the winner of New Ohio Review's 2018 Nonfiction Contest, judged by Roxane Gay. She recently completed a collection of linked short stories set in Flint, and is working on a memoir.