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Insider Workshop: "Making Your Setting More Vivid" with Author David Rocklin

  • Saturday, March 05, 2022
  • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
  • Cathedral City Branch Library, 33520 Date Palm Dr, Cathedral City, CA 92234


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  • Limited to the first 10 members who sign up.


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First ten members to sign up for each workshop get in for $50.00. Not a member yet? Please consider joining for $75.00/year. If you join before registering, you will save $75.00 on this workshop alone.

Making Your Setting More Vivid

Guest Speaker:
Author David Rocklin

David Rocklin is the acclaimed author of two novels, The Luminist and The Night Language and the founder/curator of Roar Shack, a monthly reading series in Los Angeles. His work has appeared in Psychology Today, The Rumpus and other national publications.

The Night Language is a rare achievement: lush language and classic storytelling with a contemporary feel that renders its history palpable. It is also a love letter to the artist, the outcast, the othered.”
―Garrard Conley 
author of Boy Erased

A literary feast of words and exquisite turns of phrase. Set against a tropical backdrop of simmering unrest, this elegantly constructed historical novel cast a quiet spell that gathered momentum right through to shocking final scenes of astonishing emotional power. Anjali Banerjee, author of Haunting Jasmine

Not since Michael Ondaatje’s The English Patient has a novel haunted language, history, and heart so intensely. Lidia Yukvanitch author of The Small Backs of Children and Chronology Waters.         

Description of talk:

In some books, you scarcely recall where the narrative took place. Others could have unfolded anywhere, at any time. Perhaps this was a purposeful decision by the author – universality, timelessness. But if the story is intended to be a product of its setting, how to render that setting in a living way?

David Rocklin will present the tools you need that can be used in contemporary writing as well as to do resurrecting something that stopped existing before you started writing about it. The town, the house, the atmospherics of history, shift a little or a lot the moment your character begins to consider them. Whether it’s in the past or the present, learn to bring your setting to life.


Unable to attend, no problem, all registrants will receive a video replay of this presentation.

Please note: masks and proof of double vaccination required for this event.

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Meeting begins at 1:00 p.m. and ends at 3:00 p.m. 

There will be a table at the back of the room where you can purchase books.

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Event Contact: Eduardo Santiago

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