The Alchemy Of Place: Creating Immersive Settings With Marcia Douglas

Saturday 4 December 2021

How can our writing present both commonplace as well as fantastical worlds with dimension and interest? And what tools can we use to establish those worlds as places integral to our characters’ lives?


This workshop will explore the creation and development of compelling settings. Through group discussion and writing exercises, each participant will delve into a series of both real and imaginary places. We will work on strategies for invigorating our settings with the sorts of details that engage and transport readers. This workshop is suitable for writers of all levels.

Marcia Douglas is the author of novels, The Marvellous Equations of the Dread, Madam Fate and Notes from a Writer’s Book of Cures and Spells as well as a poetry collection, Electricity Comes to Cocoa Bottom. Her awards include a 2020 Creative Capital Award, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, and a U.K. Poetry Book Society Recommendation. The Marvellous Equations of the Dread: A Novel in Bass Riddim was longlisted for the 2016 Republic of Consciousness Prize and the 2017 OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature. She is a Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Colorado, Boulder.


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