Forms of Silence in Writing

Forms of Silence in Writing

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Writing is about communicating, but the absence of words on the page can play as large a role in this process as their presence. In this 3-hour session we’ll consider the many ways silence can manifest on the page: through subtext, use of white space, section breaks, and strategic omission, through which we aim to reveal only the tip of our story’s iceberg. We’ll look at examples in various forms of silence in published works and try our hand at exercises that encourage us to play with silence, or absence. Participants are encouraged to bring a work in progress to experiment with.


  • Instructor: Susannah Felts

  • Length of workshop: 3 hours

  • Date: Saturday, July 13

  • Time: 2 - 5 p.m.

  • Cost: $50 members; $55 non-members

  • Location: Porch HQ
    2811 Dogwood Pl.
    Nashville, TN 37204

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About the Instructor: 

Susannah Felts is the cofounder/co-director of The Porch. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in StorySouth, Oxford American, Literary Hub, Longreads, The Sun, Smokelong Quarterly, Wigleaf, and other publications. She's the author of a novel, This Will Go Down on Your Permanent Record(Featherproof Books), and a contributing writer for Chapter 16, Humanities Tennessee's site for literary culture. For her full bio, please see our About Us page.