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Information Dumps, Information Delicacies with James Sallis

Date(s): Wednesdays, Oct 18 - Nov 8, 6:30 - 8:30 PM
Location:
Piper Writers House, 450 E Tyler Mall, Tempe, AZ 85281 (view map)
Type(s):
Craft Class
Genre and Form(s): Fiction, Storytelling

Cost: 
$199 Regular, $149 Student

About the Class

From storyline to character depiction to setting, backstory, background and world building, it's all about information.   How much do you give?  How do you give it?  And where?  And how much do you leave to the reader, to draw that reader into your story and make him or her not a passive observer but a collaborator?

Writing, line to line, scene to scene, page to page, is always a matter of choices.  The more freely you can make choices -- i.e., the more you recognize the choices available -- the more powerful and precise becomes your writing.

We'll talk about all that, open some doors to see what's in there, try writing the same scene with varying dispositions of essential information.   It's a test kitchen, people.  Wear your aprons.  And comfortable shoes.  For as always, we'll hit the ground running and aim to misbehave.

 

Meet Your Instructor

Desert Nights Rising Stars Writers Conference Faculty 2019 James Sallis
James Sallis has published seventeen novels, multiple collections of short stories and essays, four collections of poetry, three books of musicology, reams of criticism, a classic biography of Chester Himes, a book on paperback novelists of the fifties, and a translation of Raymond Queneau's novel Saint Glinglin – 36 books, to date. His novels include Drive, from which the award-winning film derived, the six-volume Lew Griffin cycle, Death Will Have Your Eyes, Others of My Kind, and Willnot. Jim has received a lifetime achievement award from Bouchercon, the Hammett Award for literary excellence in crime writing, and the Grand Prix de Littérature policière. This year sees a new novel, Sarah Jane, and a new poetry collection, Ain’t Long ‘Fore Day.