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All Levels. What makes a place distinctive on the page? What makes it feel real? In this one-day intensive, we’ll talk about the transformative power of setting, and how the actual objects around us—the “stuff” of our lives—carry meaning and define place. We’ll examine the work of masters like Dorothy Allison, David Guterson, Annie Proulx, and Arundhati Roy to understand how they use setting to transport a reader or to advance a narrative. We’ll also generate writing that feels grounded in place, vivid, and alive.
Megan Kruse grew up in the Pacific Northwest and currently lives in Seattle. She studied creative writing at Oberlin College and earned her MFA at the University of Montana. Her work has appeared widely in journals and anthologies, and her debut novel, Call Me Home, was released from Hawthorne Books in March 2015, with an introduction by Elizabeth Gilbert. She teaches fiction at Eastern Oregon University’s Low-Residency MFA program and Gotham Writers Workshop. She was one of the National Book Foundation’s 5 Under 35 for 2015.