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Neither a lender nor a borrower be--from Hamlet by William Shakespeare
Working on exercises for the workshop at Evergreen in Easton, I want usefulness to balance theory. Setting is often used as an afterthought in creative writing lessons. Experts blather on about all the other narrative elements, but setting is delegated to a role of time, place, temperature, degree of light and weather. Of course it can be that--Pride and Prejudice can be transported from the English countryside to California's trendy suburbia, but the settings that knit with chararacter and conflict deliver the reader to a different place.
6/1/2014 09:03:07 am
The postcards from the 40s and 50s seemed a good place to start. Workshop is its own surreal setting, so placing the mind inside a picture in another time, locale and season might simulate the beginning of the creative process. I think of descriptions my mother delivered when she returned from places I visited later. She created her own landscape that I found completely different.
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J Drescher Cooper
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