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Setting the Scene: The Impact of Place on Fiction and Nonfiction 4-Week Online Workshop with Cristina Slattery, Starts Monday, August 5th, 2024
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Setting the Scene: The Impact of Place on Fiction and Nonfiction 4-Week Online Workshop with Cristina Slattery, Starts Monday, August 5th, 2024

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Begins Monday, August 5th, 2024

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Instructor Cristina Slattery has been published widely, including in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, AFAR, Travel+Leisure, and Newsweek. Cristina holds graduate degrees from Middlebury College's Bread Loaf School of English and Fordham University's Graduate School of Education and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to this enriching workshop.

Immerse yourself in the art of writing about place. Over four weeks, you’ll explore the transformative role of place in fiction and non-fiction. This workshop is designed for writers eager to delve into travel writing, whether your journeys take you to far-off lands or just the next town over.

Through a blend of readings, discussions, and writing exercises, you'll discover how settings can become dynamic characters in your stories, both real and imagined.


Week 1 - The Role of Place in Non-Fiction & Fiction: Analyze engaging travel articles. Discuss the influence of place in fiction through the lens of a notable fiction writer. 

Week 2 - Place as Inspiration: Explore depictions of place in non-fiction with a focus on food as a key aspect of place. Engage in discussions that spark creative ideas for your writing.  

Week 3 - Enhancing Fiction Through Travel: Learn about a fiction writer’s transformative travel experience and its impact on their work. Examine how settings in fictional excerpts can create immersive worlds.  

Week 4- Moving Forward with Your Writing: Get practical tips on advancing your travel-inspired writing. Review and discuss successful travel pitches to editors, focusing on what makes them stand out.


  • Inspiration from Your Travels: Learn how your travel experiences can inspire both non-fiction and fiction writing.
  • Creative Output: Produce at least three pieces of writing, including non-fiction and fiction, inspired by class assignments.
  • Literary Insights: Gain insights into how renowned writers use their travels to fuel their creativity and understand the pivotal role of setting in storytelling. 


This workshop is perfect for writers who want to enrich their storytelling by incorporating vivid, memorable settings. Whether you're writing a personal essay, a short story, or a novel, the techniques and insights you'll gain from this course will help you bring your settings to life and captivate your readers.

Join us and embark on a literary journey that will transform your writing and deepen your connection to the places you write about.


    Wet Ink, our dedicated online classroom, was designed specifically for writing classes. It is a private, easy to use, and highly interactive online platform. Learn more about it from this class demo.

    The class is entirely asynchronous which means that there are no set meeting times and students work to their own schedules. Participants will be from different time zones, which allows for a wonderful diversity of voices. In addition to ongoing discussions, all craft materials, lectures, reading assignments, and writing prompts will be available in the Wet Ink classroom. Students will also post work and provide and receive feedback within the online environment.


    Tuition is $259. You can pay for the course in full  or use Shop Pay or Affirm to pay over time with equal Monthly Payments. Both options are available at checkout.
    • Instructor: Cristina Slattery

    • Workshop starts Monday, August 5th, 2024

    • Tuition is $259.

    Course is fully ONLINE; students can work according to their own schedule within weekly deadlines. Once you have enrolled the instructor will send you a link to our online classroom, provided via Wet Ink.