This class is part of our “Summer Creative Nonfiction Series,” a variety of single-session classes on Tuesday evenings designed to tackle one element of creative nonfiction writing in each class. You can take one class, pick and choose, or take all of them! You can find all other classes in the series here.
Writers often receive essential craft instruction about the importance of time in narrative writing. We’re told to ask ourselves questions like, when is the now of the story? and why is the story being told now? Some of the most impactful writing instruction I have ever received challenged me to consider a different question, what is the quality of light in the room?
We will be thinking deeply about where the scene takes place and what the exact physical experience of being in that space is for your characters. The point is not to add an exhaustive description of the room but to consider what impact the physical space has on the characters in the scene in real-time. In this generative workshop, participants will respond to a series of prompts ad revision exercises to learn how to better leverage physical space to inform their narrative writing.