In this class, we’ll explore descriptions of settings, environments, ecosystems, and spaces. We'll examine the ways that setting is not just a passive element of a creative work, but may be a character in its own right, or may act as a potent touchstone for memory and history. We’ll read and look at work by writers, graphic novelists, and visual artists like Edward P. Jones, Sayaka Murata, and Richard McGuire, using texts and images as prompts to develop our own exploration around setting and space. You'll come away from the class with generative material approaching and reframing setting from multiple angles.
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Lee Conell is the author of a novel, The Party Upstairs (Penguin Press), which received the Wallant Award. She’s also the author of the story collection Subcortical (John Hopkins Press), which received The Story Prize's Spotlight Award. She is the recipient of fellowships and residencies from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Japan-US Creative Artist Fellowship, the Tennessee Arts Commission, Millay Arts, Willapa Bay AiR, and Yaddo. Her stories and essays have appeared in ZYZZYVA, Kenyon Review, Oxford American, Glimmer Train, Guernica, American Short Fiction online, Alaska Quarterly Review, and Paris Review Daily, and her work has won the Chicago Tribune's Nelson Algren Award and been shortlisted in Best American Short Stories and the Pushcart Prize anthology.
"I had a marvelous time with Lee! She created a warm, welcoming environment suitable to all levels of writers."
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