Saturday, May 8th, 2021
12:00-2:00 PM on Zoom
Writers use geography, architecture, and the environment as a means to reveal character, develop mood, and direct plot. In this workshop, we’ll discuss strategies for creating dynamic settings, and focus closely on a setting’s relationship to characters. We’ll examine published excerpts from a variety of short stories and novels, and there will be writing prompts to light up your creativity. Great for generating new ideas or developing a work-in-progress.
Carter Sickels is the author of the novel The Prettiest Star (Hub City Press), winner of the 2021 Southern Book Prize and Weatherford Award, and selected as a Kirkus Best Book of 2020 and a Best LGBT Book of 2020 by O Magazine. His debut novel The Evening Hour (Bloomsbury) was a 2013 Oregon Book Award finalist, a Triangle Publishing Award finalist, and a Lambda Literary Award finalist, and was adapted into a feature film that premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2020. His writing appears in various publications, including The Atlantic, Oxford American, Poets & Writers, BuzzFeed, Guernica, Joyland, and Catapult. Carter has received fellowships from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, the MacDowell Colony, and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. He lives in Lexington, Kentucky, and is an assistant professor at Eastern Kentucky University.