Stories never happen in a vacuum, they are indelibly linked to the setting in which they take place. Geography, political and religious leanings, and the pace of day-to-day life vary greatly depending on where a story is set. But often, a focus on character, narrative, and prose can draw attention away from setting, rendering it little more than a backdrop against the stage of your story.
This class will help writers to see setting as an additional “character” in their piece and examine the methods a writer can employ to make the world feel accurate, rich, and compelling. By the end of the workshop, students will be familiar with examples of setting as character, be able to explain the ways in which stories might change depending on their region, and will have practiced applying those ideas in their own writing.
Suitable for writers of all fiction genres. Suitable for writers of any level.
NOTE: This class will be in-person unless otherwise stated. Please read our strict vaccine policy, and know we will be following state and CDC guidelines on COVID restrictions.
If Chicago is in “substantial” or “high” transmission by the class date, we will require all attendees, instructors, and staff to be fully masked while indoors, even if fully vaccinated. If Chicago is in “low” or “moderate” transmission by the class date, masks will not be required indoors. Check the map here.