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There's No Place Like Home: Writing Big in Small Spaces with Tucker Leighty Phillips

Date(s): Saturday, July 27, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Location:
Piper Writers House, 450 E Tyler Mall, Tempe, AZ 85281 (view map)
Type(s):
Workshop, Generative Workshop
Genre and Form(s): Fiction, Flash, Short Stories
Cost: Free

About the Class

How do we create an expansive world from a limited setting? How do writers maintain narrative movement when they're confined to a single household? In this workshop, we will examine the works of Shirley Jackson, Marilynne Robinson, as well as scenes from films that engage with similar narrative structures in order to investigate how invention can operate in a compact space. Our class will dive into these stories, perform writing exercises, and achieve a better understanding of how constraints in storytelling can allow for a more substantial sense of freedom.

Meet Your Instructor

Tucker Leighty-Phillips is an MFA candidate in fiction at Arizona State University, where he is also an associate editor at Hayden's Ferry Review. His work has been featured or forthcoming at Smokelong Quarterly, Hobart, West Branch Wired, WhiskeyPaper, and elsewhere.