Where in the world am I? Writing about Place

with Joan Leegant

Sunday, March 17, 2024 from 10:00 – 13:00

“Carried off we might be in spirit, and should be, when we are reading or writing something good; but it is the sense of place going with us still that is the ball of golden thread to carry us there and back and in every sense of the word to bring us home.”
—From “Place in Fiction” by Eudora Welty

Everything happens somewhere. Yet often we overlook the richness that focusing on place can bring to a work, whether it be an exotic foreign city or your grandmother’s living room. More than simply providing the setting, writing about place can reveal the voice of a piece, illuminate character, and lead us to emotional truths. It may shape the entire work.

In this workshop, we will look at examples from other writers to see how they evoke place. Some do it directly, announcing the location outright; others evoke it by implication, seeding the piece with hints to intrigue and draw the reader in; still others use metaphor or sound–diction, dialect, sentence rhythms. Then we’ll write our own pieces, using their examples as inspiration and encouragement.

Open to all genres, all levels

Details: 420nis if paid before March 1 and 480nis subsequently; non-refundable if you cancel within one week of the workshop and your place cannot be filled; includes light snacks and refreshments.

Joan Leegant’s new collection, DISPLACED PERSONS: STORIES, winner of the New American Fiction Prize, will be out in May 2024. She is also the author of a novel, WHEREVER YOU GO, and another story collection, AN HOUR IN PARADISE, winner of the PEN/New England Book Award and the Wallant Award for Jewish Fiction, finalist for the National Jewish Book Award, and a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers pick. Joan has taught at Harvard, Oklahoma State University, and Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle. From 2007-2013, she was the visiting writer at Bar-Ilan University, teaching in the creative writing program. She also lectured on American literature and culture under the auspices of the U.S. Embassy and was a volunteer ESL teacher for African refugees in south Tel Aviv. She lives in Newton, Massachusetts with her family. Visit: www.joanleegant.com

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