Margie Lawson

Changing your Writing World

Instructor:  Rhay Christou, MFA

Strong setting is one of the most underutilized tools in the writer’s toolbox. It's more than just the varied landscape of where a story takes place. Strong setting does double and even triple duty to bring the world, the characters, and even the story to life.

In Power Up Your Setting, we’ll look deeper than just a list of adjectives and descriptors to describe place. We'll dive into the three layers of setting developmental to take our setting from a place on the page to an active part of the story.

In this course we’ll:

    • Explore the layers and sub layers of setting
    • Discover where, how, and when to use active setting to set the stage and anchor readers
    • Explore weaving setting through a scene
    • Make your setting mean more by developing emotional connections
    • Chose and use specific details to give meaning to story and develop character
    • Carry through details to empower setting
    • Develop story mood and promise
    • Use setting details to deepen character and emotional state of mind
    • Weave together tension and setting for an unbeatable combination
    • Explore the fine art of subtext and how setting can strengthen subtext
    • Use setting to advance plot

Power Up Your Setting is packed with lectures, assignments, and opportunities to discuss, share, and explore. This hands-on course will help you take your story's setting from mundane place-inclusion to an integral part that can't be skipped.

About Rhay Christou:  Two of the things I love are teaching and creative writing. With my MFA in writing from Vermont College, I have had the great fortune to combine them. I've taught everything from creative writing to academic writing at the university level as well as writing workshops in the USA and on the lovely island of Cyprus, in Greece, where I live.

I teach three other courses online for Lawson Writer's Academy:

1. Create Compelling Characters

2. From Blah to Beats: Giving Your Chapter a Heart

3. Diving Deep Into Deep POV

4. Diving Deep Into Developmental Edits

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