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Importance of Setting in Writing

Tutor: Linda McVeigh
Location: Evolution Arts, 2 Sillwood Terrace, Brighton BN1 2LR
Next date:
Saturday 24 March 2018

Setting is an essential element of creative writing, but is too often overshadowed by its more famous cousins, plot and character. Setting is more than just background: done well it strengthens mood and meaning and helps to create context and emotional impact.

While writers agonise about creating believable characters and workable plots, they often pay too little attention to place and time – the essential backdrop against which the drama unfolds. What impact does setting have on your character? How does it influence them?

Creating a vivid, believable setting is equally important in non-fiction. So, you grew up in Wales in the 1980s? Take me there. Show me around the place. Make me see it, but don’t overdo it…

This workshop uses a series of exercises to add depth to your fiction or non-fiction writing and is suitable for all levels.

About the tutor

Linda is a writer with considerable success in competitions, including first prize in the Charleston Small Wonder Short Story Festival slam (in 2007 and again in 2011), first prize in the Rainy Cities Short Stories prize in 2010, and first prize in the 2011 Asham Award, judged by Sarah Waters.  She also won the inaugural Brighton Prize in 2014. Her story ‘All Over the Place’ was published in ‘Something Was There’ (Virago, 2011) and ‘Back Seat’ was published by Galley Beggar in 2017.  She is currently writing a novel.