Description that Advances Your Story

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9:30-11:30 a.m. 6-week course begins 3/12                       

How much is too much or too little description in writing fiction? Are long descriptions to be avoided or do they give the writer a chance to be literary and eloquent? The simple answer is any description that is there only to set the scene, and is unrelated to the underlying drama of the scene, should be limited. This goes for description of characters, places, and objects. In this course we will write stories using descriptions that will telegraph to the reader what is happening, what meaning, and emotion is at the heart of the scene. To become expert in description we will learn techniques of seeing, hearing (even tasting and smelling), and how to put these in words to create forward movement in our drama.

Gar Roper is a writer with three novels and innumerable stories under his belt. He holds degrees in philosophy and psychology. He has taught at MSC for several years and loves teaching above almost anything else. MSC.