THE DEVIL’S IN THE DETAILS: FINDING THE STORY IN OBJECTS

Join Ryan Ridge for a Saturday workshop on September 30, 2017

When: Saturday September 30, 2017 from 10 am – 4 pm

Where:Junior League of SLC, 526 east 300 south SLC, UT. 84102

Cost: $75 includes lunch

To register: Contact Jennifer Atwood — jennifer@writersatwork.org

THE DEVIL’S IN THE DETAILS: FINDING THE STORY IN OBJECTS

“It’s possible, in a poem or short story, to write about commonplace things and objects using commonplace but precise language, and to endow those things—a chair, a window curtain, a fork, a stone, a woman’s earring—with immense, even startling power.”~Raymond Carver

In this workshop, participants will explore works by Lydia Davis, Ron Carlson, Elizabeth Tallent, and Ernest Hemingway with an eye toward their inventive use of objects to tell a story. Using this prose as inspiration, writers will create their own “set piece” story–one in which the smallest of salient details can have big, big meaning. The workshop may also appeal to poets looking to write short prose.

Ryan RidgeAbout Ryan:

RYAN RIDGE holds a BA in English from the University of Louisville and an MFA in Fiction from the University of California, Irvine, where he was the recipient of the MacDonald Harris prize for fiction. He is the author of three books, including American Homes (University of Michigan Press, 2014), which was the Michigan Library Publishing Club’s inaugural book club pick. His next book, Second Acts, a collection of stories coauthored with Mel Bosworth, will be released by Alternating Current Press in 2018. His writing has appeared in dozens of print and online journals, as well as six anthologies. In 2016, Ridge received the Italo Calvino Prize in Fabulist Fiction judged by Jonathan Lethem. An assistant professor at Weber State University, he lives in Salt Lake City and edits the literary magazine Juked. Follow him on Twitter @ryan_ridge.