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We all know that fiction relies on creating a space that evokes the five senses, but primary among these seems to be sight. Why is this true? A look at the history of vision theory and how this informs how we process our world is an interesting way of looking at how to put words together–the stuff of writing–in way that evokes a full and experiential world. This seminar will consist of a presentation followed by exercises to make the unconscious process of seeing an active, dynamic tool for creating truly vivid fiction.
Sabina Murray is the author of six works of fiction including the recent novel Valiant Gentlemen (Grove Press), selected as a Notable Book of 2017 by both the New York Times and the Washington Post, and the short story collection The Caprices (Grove Press), which won the 2002 PEN/Faulkner Award. She has been awarded fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Simon F. Guggenheim Foundation, and the Radcliffe Institute at Harvard University, among others. She teaches in the MFA Program at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.