Writers-in-residence Janice Deal and Katie Shonk offer a special fiction writing workshop based on place.
Setting has played a critical role in both of our writing, serving almost as a central character in our completed books and works in progress. Drawing on passages by some of our favorite writers, we will explore with participants how they can use setting to deepen the emotional lives of their characters, build plot and suspense, convey community and history, and heighten satire and humor. Participants are welcome to bring pages from their own writing to share with the group and receive feedback on how they can further explore sense of place in their writing. We may also make time for free writing with a prompt related to place.
Tuition for the 90-minute workshop is $30. To register online, please click here. For other registration options, please call 920-495-0220. You can save 10% on your registration fee by becoming a member! To become a member, please click here.
Janice Deal is the author of the story collection, The Decline of Pigeons, a finalist in the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction, and named as one of the five best bets for fall by the Chicago Reader. Some of the stories in The Decline of Pigeons first appeared in literary magazines ranging from the Ontario Review to The Sun; one was anthologized as the lead story in New Stories from the Midwest. Her novel, The Sound of Rabbits, placed as a finalist in the Many Voices Project annual competition, and as a finalist for Black Lawrence Press’s Big Moose Prize. She is currently working on a cycle of linked short stories, Sick Beasts, about the fictional town of Ephrem, Illinois. One of those stories was named a semi-finalist for the American Short Fiction Prize and appeared in Catamaran Literary Reader; a second Ephrem story placed as an Honorable Mention in Glimmer Train’s July/August 2018 Fiction Open. She is the recipient of an Illinois Arts Council Artists Fellowship Award for prose.
Katie Shonk is the author of The Red Passport (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2003), a collection of stories based on her experience living in Moscow in the mid-1990s, and the novel Happy Now? (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2010), which Publisher’s Weekly called “both tear-jerking and laugh-out-loud funny.” Herwriting has appeared in Tin House, Best American Short Stories 2001, StoryQuarterly, The Georgia Review, The Moscow Times, The Chicago Tribune, Cicada, and elsewhere. She has received an award and a fellowship from the Illinois Arts Council. The Red Passport was a Chicago Tribune Best Book of the Year and a finalist for the Society of Midland Authors award. She lives in her hometown of Evanston, Illinois, with her husband and daughter. She is working on a novel about motherhood and immigration in the post-Trump era, Just So You Know . . .