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Man Booker Prize winner Josip Navakovich says, “No matter what, give us a world.” Indeed, there’s nothing more satisfying than reading a story that tips us headfirst into another world, whether it be the gritty streets of 1920s New York’s East Village, Wyoming’s windswept plains, or the vast reaches of Alaska’s Yukon Territory. We’ll use exercises and prompts to deepen the connection between place and character, tighten the link between place and emotion, and breathe life into our settings. Through readings and in-class writing, we’ll develop strategies to engage readers more deeply in the invented world of a book.
Natalie Baszile is the author of the novel, Queen Sugar, which is being adapted for TV by writer/director, Ava DuVernay, and co-produced by Oprah Winfrey for OWN, Winfrey’s cable network. Queen Sugar was named one of the San Francisco Chronicles’ Best Books of 2014, was long-listed for the Crooks Corner Southern Book Prize, and nominated for an NAACP Image Award. Her non-fiction work has appeared in Buzzfeed, LennyLetter, O, The Oprah Magazine, The Bitter Southerner, and elsewhere. She lives in San Francisco.