Bayou Teche Writing Workshop: “Setting the Character: Leveraging Place in Your Writing”

Friday, April 5th
Shadows-on-the-Teche Visitors Center
320 East Main St.

Setting involves more than just describing a given location and time. Nor is it just about adding local flavor, atmosphere or a beautiful backdrop. Rather, in the hands of a savvy writer, settings take on a life of their own as a dynamic building block, one that not only immerses readers but that also drives events and characters in an unfolding story.

Join Allison Alsup and Jessica Kinnison in this generative workshop, suitable for aspiring and experienced writers alike, we’ll explore the craft of setting, finding fresh takes on this narrative essential.  The second half of our session will be devoted to a custom writing exercise designed to put these principles into action on the page. Participants can expect to leave with a scene or stanzas built from the ground-up, looking closely at the sensory impressions, rhythms, and specific, shifting details of the worlds their characters inhabit. Both poets and prose writers can benefit; writers of all levels welcome.

About New Orleans Writers Workshop

Since its founding in 2017, New Orleans Writers Workshop (NOWW) has aimed to affordably meet the need for quality creative writing classes in the New Orleans community. We host workshops year round of varying lengths in fiction, creative non-fiction and poetry for writers at all levels taught by published, experienced teachers. For those seeking individualized help with projects, we offer developmental editing services and mentoring. 100% locally-run non-profit.