Workshop: "THE POWER OF PLACE: Using Setting to Bring Your Stories/Poems to Life" with Ruth Nolan, Professor of English and Creative Writing, College of the Desert

  • Sunday, September 09, 2018
  • 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
  • Riviera Resort, Palm Springs, 1600 N Indian Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92262, Royal Room 1. Park in Ballroom parking spaces for free parking.

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Sunday, September 9, 2018

Workshop:
THE POWER OF PLACE:
Using Setting to Bring Your Stories/Poems to Life

with
Ruth Nolan, Professor of English and Creative Writing, College of the Desert


Sunday, September 9, 2018

10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Riviera Resort, Palm Springs
1600 N Indian Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92262
Royal Room 1. Park in Ballroom parking spaces for free parking.
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Schedule: Beginning at 10:00 a.m to 3:00 p.m. Lunch served at 11:30 a.m. Ample time for questions at end. Workshop over promptly at 3 p.m.

Workshop Description:
THE POWER OF PLACE: Using Setting to Bring Your Stories/Poems to Life

This workshop will be a very dynamic, writing-generative experience filled with tips on how to use the crucial literary element of "setting" to maximum effect in your writing. We'll study how to make your settings function as literary agents, and even characters, in your writing, by examining short samples of fiction, essays and poetry that utilize "setting" to maximum effect, then you will dig in to build and write your own settings to life, using prompts provided by the workshop instructor. Come ready to generate lots of writing during this action-packed day!

About this workshop facilitator: 

Ruth Nolan is professor of English and creative writing at College of the Desert in Palm Springs, CA and is a Mojave Desert/Coachella Valley-based writer. A former wildland firefighter for the US Forest Service and BLM California Desert District, she is the author Ruby Mountain (Finishing Line Press); editor of No Place for a Puritan: The Literature of California’s Deserts (Heyday Books); and co-editor of Fire and Rain: Ecopoetry of California (Scarlet Tanager.) She is the winner of the 2018 Los Angeles Poetry Society Award and the recipient of a 2018 Love of Learning Award from the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society for her forthcoming book Fire on the Mojave: Stories from the Deserts and Mountains of Inland Southern California, for which she also won a 2017 California Writers Residency Award. Her short story, “Palimpsest,” published in LA Fiction: Southland Writing by Southland Writers (Red Hen Press), was nominated for a 2016 PEN Robert J. Dau Short Story Prize for Emerging Writer and also received an Honorable Mention Award in Sequestrum Magazine’s 2016 Editor’s Reprint contest. Her poetry and essays have been published in Women’s Studies Quarterly; Rattling Wall; The Cost of Paper; Angels Flight LA/Literary West; KCET Los Angeles; Desert Oracle; Cholla Needles; News from Native California; Sierra Club Desert Report; Lumen; Pacific Review; The Desert Sun/USA Today and Inlandia Literary Journeys. Ruth serves on the advisory board for Poets & Writers West, leads community-inclusive writing workshops throughout inland Southern California and holds her M.F.A. in Creative Writing and Writing for the Performing Arts from the University of California, Riverside. She’s the mother of a young adult daughter and grandmother of three toddlers. She may be reached at ruthnolan13@gmail.com

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Registration Details:

  • PSWG Members: $50.00
  • Non-Members: $65.00
  • Payment in Full is confirmation of seating.
  • Online payment via PayPal or credit card only.
  • Lunch included
  • Workshop attendees cancelling their attendance and wishing a refund will be handled on a case by case basis by the PSWG Board.
  • Day of workshop sales available ONLY if workshop is not full. Bring check. Workshop events are limited to 40 participants.
  • Park in Ballroom parking spaces for free parking.
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Event Contact: Jim Misko: jim@jimmisko.com
or Judith Magee: judith783@gmail.com

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