Description of Class
One night. One author. One focused study of the craft.
We’re pleased to welcome award-winning author Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi to the studio for this single-session master class on setting the scene for your writing. Take advantage of this unique opportunity to study with a master for an evening of close reading and in-depth discussion.
In this workshop you will be examining the impact of ‘mood lighting’ on the atmosphere of a scene, short story or a novel. Light and weather can both influence and convey the internal states of a character, help to build suspense and charge the plot of a story with propulsive energy.
The tone and conditions of a day, a life, an era can be established through changes in the air; light and shadow, cold and frost, darkness, a stubborn sun can all reflect the quality and challenges of a cultural and political moment as well as an individual character’s frame of mind. It is a great tool for rounding out scenes and for mapping the mind and the life of emotions onto the page.
Throughout the course of the workshop, you will examine scenes that use ‘mood lighting’ to great effect from a range of books by Virginia Woolf, Tayeb Salih and Witold Gombrowicz. We will also look at a number of 19th Century paintings that depict weather and conduct ekphrastic exercises in response so that you can practice your hand at writing weather. Students will leave the workshop with 1-2 pages of writing and will gain significant insight into the subtle art of writing weather.Top