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All Levels | Many stories and novels read as if we’re talking heads or disembodied voices floating in a vague, nondescript space. To create a vivid world on the page with complex characters interacting in a specific environment, you need to bring the physical dimension alive. Learn and practice six techniques to flesh out narratives, build tension, and create propulsion: bodily appearance, gesture, spatial relationships between characters, sex, objects, and the natural-social-economic-political environment.
Mary Lane Potter is the author of A Woman of Salt: A Novel (2001 Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers selection) and Strangers and Sojourners: Stories from the Lowcountry. She was awarded a Washington State Arts Commission/Artist Trust Fellowship and MacDowell and Hedgebrook residencies.
Potter’s nonfiction has appeared in River Teeth, Witness, Tiferet, Spiritus, SUFI Journal, Leaping Clear, Feminist Studies in Religion, SIGNS, Women’s Studies Quarterly, Minerva Rising, Hevria, and others. She’s currently completing a book of essays on the body/spirit tangle.