Learn how setting and description can support larger themes and ideas in your work
Practice giving attention to details that help you craft a rich and vivid world
Read and discuss examples of effective, evocative writing
Complete exercises that help you master descriptive writing techniques
About this course:
Setting and description are foundational to a story and can support larger themes well—if done thoughtfully with fresh and vivid language, attention to detail, implication, and perspective. They can, in effect, give one's characters a home or space to work within, as well as open up possibilities for deepening and expanding the scope of any story. In this reading and exercise-based class, we explore and practice descriptive writing and its power in establishing setting and mood while enlivening action and supporting symbolic relationships in fiction and creative nonfiction. Each week, we read sample fiction and creative nonfiction to identify how the content is influenced by the description of setting, action, events, and objects. By the end of class, you have improved skills in writing descriptively to enrich and enliven your work.
Enrollment limited to 15 students. Internet access required.
This course is conducted through Canvas, a secure website that allows students to log in to access lectures, discussions, and other course materials on demand. There are no required class meetings. Each course is structured with weekly assignments and deadlines. Lectures and coursework are accessible throughout the week. Workshops are conducted in writing via discussion boards with your instructor and classmates.
No refunds after October 13, 2021
Internet access required to retrieve course materials.