On Place: Regional Writing & Home Narrative in Fiction
This fiction seminar was part of Austin Bat Cave’s Spectacular Summer Seminar Festival 2020
In regional writing, setting is key. How is home constructed in place narrative? Through application of all five senses? Does it require thinking of place as character? Attendees will spend time in this session discussing the craft of place and regional writing in narrative fiction. Readings will focus on the craft of place writing. In this course, we will encounter and extract techniques used by regional writers in home and place work, in both novel and short fiction.
About the Instructor
Kristen Arnett is the NYT bestselling author of the debut novel Mostly Dead Things (Tin House, 2019) which was listed as one of The New York Times top books of 2019. She is a queer fiction and essay writer. She was awarded Ninth Letter‘s Literary Award in Fiction and is a columnist for Literary Hub. Her work has appeared at The New York Times, North American Review, The Normal School, Gulf Coast, TriQuarterly, Guernica, Buzzfeed, Electric Literature, McSweeneys, PBS Newshour, Bennington Review, The Guardian, Salon, The Rumpus, and elsewhere. Her story collection, Felt in the Jaw, was published by Split Lip Press and was awarded the 2017 Coil Book Award. She is a Spring 2020 Shearing Fellow at Black Mountain Institute. Her next two books (Samson: A Novel and With Foxes: Stories) will be published by Riverhead Books. You can find her on Twitter here: @Kristen_Arnett