THE PLACE OF PLACE IN MYSTERY WRITING
Like a bass player in a band, a story’s setting plays an essential role that is often not fully appreciated. In this workshop participants explore how writers like Walter Moseley and Michael Chabon use telling geographical and cultural details to reveal personality traits and create atmosphere. Whether you travel by foot, by plane, or via Google Earth, come prepared to make a city street or a stretch of wilderness an integral character in your story or poem.
In this multimedia presentation, I discuss how mystery writers create settings that become integral characters in their books. I also share pictures taken at the many locations I visited in Russia - including Vladimir Central Prison- and talk about of how these places influenced the writing of specific scenes in "The Last Matryoshka."
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