The Setting of the Mind
Intermediate | Camaraderie between reader and main character is vital if we’re to establish a lasting, poignant connection between them. But how do we build that? What if we render a character’s consciousness as though it’s a cogent ecosystem for the reader to inhabit? In this class, students will be led through all five senses, learning how to translate perceptions into opportunities to enhance psychic access on the page. Through in-class writing prompts, we’ll build dynamic inner lives for our characters, places for our readers to curl up and listen to the whispers of the heart.
Joshua Mohr is the author of five novels, including Damascus, which The New York Times called "Beat-poet cool." He’s also written Fight Song and Some Things that Meant the World to Me, one of O Magazine’s Top 10 reads of 2009 and a San Francisco Chronicle best-seller, as well as Termite Parade, an Editors’ Choice in The New York Times. His novel All This Life won the Northern California Book Award. He’s written a memoir, Sirens, and is under contract with FSG for the second installment. His next novel, Get Rich, will be published by FSG in winter 2022 and has already been optioned by Circle of Confusion Television Studios. Recently, AMC bought his noir show.