04/27 Voice Lessons: Place as Character with Judy Reeves
Place can have a role in fiction and nonfiction as memorable as any of the characters who populate the story. Think of Faulkner’s Yoknapatawpha, Dillard’s Tinker Creek, Steinbeck’s California. Every human event happens somewhere and the reader wants to know what that somewhere is like. Place grounds the story, sets the scene and creates the background where story plays out. Place influences how characters speak, eat and make love; it shapes their beliefs, values and moral choices. History and memory are rooted in place and the map our of psyche is found in the geography or our past.
This workshop will explore the role of place in writing. We’ll look at how it influences the voice and perspective of the writer and discuss ways for the writer to render real or fictional place through description, detail, and imagery.
Judy Reeves is a writer, teacher and writing practice provocateur whose books include A Writer’s Book of Days; Writing Alone, Writing Together; A Creative Writer’s Kit and The Writer’s Retreat Kit. Her work has also appeared in the San Diego Reader, The Frozen Moment, A Year in Ink, Vols I and 5 and other anthologies. Two plays, written with a women’s writing ensemble, were produced in the Fritz Blitz. In addition to leading private writing workshops and retreats, Judy teaches at UCSD Extension and speaks at writing conferences internationally. A tenth anniversary Revised Edition of A Writer’s Book of Days was named Best Nonfiction in the 2010 San Diego Book Awards. Her latest release is the Daily Appointment Calendar for Writers. Her website is judyreeveswriter.com She blogs at livelymuse.com.
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