Truth in Fiction Part 2: Storytelling Through Objects


Truth in Fiction Part 2: Storytelling Through Objects


How do you pull from reality to create realistic fiction? What types of scenes, words, objects, and symbols should you be looking out for in everyday life to incorporate into your fiction? This workshop is about how well-chosen, specific objects can help tell your story for you. We'll look at examples of how authors use different objects to underscore or reveal parts of the narrative, and discuss how to take a real, everyday object like a coffee cup or a parking ticket and turn it into a vehicle for meaning in your fictional world. We'll also explore ways to keep an eye out in everyday life for those "right" and "real" objects, and practice incorporating them into stories and lines of fiction.

  • Instructor: Elise Anderson

  • Date: Thursday, Sept. 5

  • Time: 6:00 — 9:00 pm

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

  • Cost: $58/Non-Member; $52.20/Member **Don’t forget to use your membership code at checkout!

What Our Students Say:

“Elise was wonderful. I imagine it's a daunting task to prepare a workshop for a group spanning so many ages, interests, experience levels, and motivations. She did a fantastic job making the material accessible to all and facilitating meaningful conversation.”

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About the Instructor: Anna Elise Anderson is a Florida-born artist, poet, teacher, musician, and freelance writer. She recently worked as the 2019 Steve Kemp Writer-in-Residence through the Great Smoky Mountains Association, promoting interest in the national park's history and biodiversity through writing and teaching workshops throughout Tennessee. She was the 2017 artist-in-residence at the Austin Cary Memorial Forest in Gainesville, where she received her MFA in poetry from the University of Florida. There she studied under Michael Hofmann, Amy Hempel, Padgett Powell, Ange Mlinko, William Logan, and Sidney Wade. Her writing focuses on emphasizing the likenesses between human bodies, human lives, and elements and processes of the non-human natural world.  In the past she's studied with Henri Cole, Therese Svoboda, Alan Michael Parker, and Cynthia Barnett, edited the arts and culture section of Charlotte Viewpoint Magazine, and worked with the Franklin Park Reading Series in Brooklyn. Her work has appeared in Quick Fiction, 491 Magazine, Treehouse Magazine, Revelader, The Oakland Review, The Cub Report, Libertas, Grasslimb Journal, Charlotte Viewpoint,, Hearty Magazine, and is forthcoming in Hobart. Find her writing and news on upcoming classes at Elise currently writes and performs music under the name WHEATS.  Find her art , music, and info about upcoming shows at