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“Writers often think of setting as simply the place and time in which events occur,” says instructor Lori Ostlund. “But in this class we will focus on setting as a way to shape and reveal a character,” says co-instructor Anne Raeff.

In this online class, we will explore the ways that setting can be used to isolate or challenge a character, leading to conflict and even transformation. We will look at examples from short stories and novels and will engage in a series of writing prompts that are meant to help participants rethink their relationship to setting, by both de-familiarizing a familiar place and getting inside a “foreign” setting.

“The class is meant to be generative and practical,” say instructors Lori and Anne. We will discuss some of the obstacles that can come with writing about settings that one does not know intimately, whether it be a different time period, country, or even world. In doing so, we will delve into the roles of research and imagination in bringing a setting to life.

Writers of all levels and backgrounds are welcome!


About The Writing Salon's Remote Classes

You will be able to participate in live class meetings via Zoom videoconference. To attend classes, you'll need a phone, tablet or computer and access to the internet. You can participate in the class from wherever you'd like, whether on your living room couch or in your office. Before your class meets, you'll receive an email from The Writing Salon with more information about Zoom and your remote class. If you have any questions about remote learning, please don't hesitate to reach out to us at hello@writingsalons.com.



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  1. Live Zoom Meeting: Saturday, September 25, 10:00am-1:00pm
  2. Live Zoom Meeting: Saturday, October 02, 10:00am-1:00pm


Saturday, September 25, 2021 @ 5:00 pm PDT
Saturday, October 2, 2021 @ 8:00 pm PDT
Event Category:


Online (SF Zoom)
Live Remote Meetings, ZOOM
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Cancellation Policy

10 days or more before the start date for a class, the registrant will receive a credit minus a 10% fee OR a refund minus a 20% fee.

3-9 days before the start date for a class, the registrant will receive a credit minus a 20% fee OR a refund minus a 30% fee.

2 days or less before the start date for a class, the registrant will not receive a credit or a refund.

The Writing Salon cannot offer refunds, credits, or makeup sessions for classes a student might miss.

In the event of an emergency, we may consider a refund or credit, whether partial or full. We review these requests on a case-by-case basis, and we ask that you notify us as near as possible to the start date for the class.

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