In this intensive class, Silas House will lecture on the importance of capturing rich sense of place to allow the reader to immerse themselves in the location—both broad and spatial—in a piece of writing. The class will look at excerpts by writers such as Louise Erdrich, Emma Donoghue, Zora Neale Hurston, Colm Toibín, Toni Morrison, Larry Brown, and others and will focus on literary elements that will elevate place writing. An in-class prompt work to produce a strong piece of writing that centers on place.
Silas House is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of eight novels, one book of nonfiction, and three plays. He is currently serving as the poet laureate of Kentucky and is a finalist for the Grammy Award for Best Video for his writing and creative direction of the video "In Your Love", which went to number one on YouTube and Apple Music. House's writing has appeared recently in Time, The Atlantic, The Washington Post, The Advocate, and many other of the nation's leading publications. He is the winner of the Duggins Prize, the largest award in the country for an LGBTQ writer, the Southern Book Prize, the Nautilus Award, the Storylines Prize from the New York Public LIbrary/NAV Foundation, and many other honors. As a music writer he has worked with artists such as Jason Isbell, Kris Kristofferson, Kacey Musgrave's, Lucinda Williams, and many others. House is a former commentator for NPR's "All Things Considered" and presently serves as the National Endowment for the Humanities Chair at Berea College and on the fiction faculty at the Naslund-Mann Graduate School of Writing at Spalding University's MFA. His 2018 novel Southernmost is currently in preproduction as a motion picture. A native of Eastern Kentucky, he now lives in Lexington.
Silas is new to The Porch. Welcome!