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The Edge Of The Art Of The Ebook: How The Digital World Is Shaping Story Setting
Graduate Lecture by Debbie Merion
Solstice MFA at Pine Manor College
3:30 Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014

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  • Title of my Thesis was : The Edge of the Art of the ebookIn my thesis –To determine if the Silent History is a Strong Literary DocuementThis is a Small portion ofCompared The Silent History to a similarly themed book: Diane Ackerman 100 Names for Love What the book is about“EmergicPhasic ResistanceCompared:settingsThemeslanguagevoice,depth of characters.
  • Two parts—Book on top—circles are part of the table of contents—read squentiallyStories on bottom—crowd sourced but curated—read random accessCompare to Star Trek
  • Lecture in FAU Hot in the room, take off shirt, a tattoo is revealed, holocaust survivor, start to talk, realize that person is a realitve, family history revealed Smoky in the room- ashes to work with, gave me one liners—left therapy because not much had changed except my exposure to second hand smoke, smell later evokes “inside voices” outside voices-affects wht you wear, how you speak—character who needs much control is inside, character who is ok with less control is outside—in my memoir, as a child—just want to be outside. OK with less control, but my mom isan’t. she needs that. “write through doors” “lets step this outside”—have a dispute, a fight, loose control. Come inside now—going to be more controlled, smaller space.
  • Silent history final

    1. 1. The Edge Of The Art Of The Ebook: How The Digital World Is Shaping Story Setting Debbie Merion Solstice MFA at Pine Manor College Graduate Lecture 3:30 Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014
    2. 2. In This Class Learn how the setting techniques used in The Silent History can enliven the fiction and nonfiction I (and you) write. Practice creating settings that affect the action.
    3. 3. The Subject of My Critical Thesis
    4. 4. The Authors
    5. 5. Editors at McSweeny’s—Dave Eggers
    6. 6. I Interviewed
    7. 7. Buy From iphone/ipad App Store
    8. 8. Experience the Silent History
    9. 9. An Example in Miami
    10. 10. ABOUT SETTING • “Together, setting and narrative time help define a story’s dimensions” –Janet Burroway • “Setting refers to climates of emotion (atmosphere). – Seymour Chatman • But it can also refer to…
    11. 11. “The location must be an essential part of the narrative; the physical world can shape the action or it can be shaped by the action, but either way the two must be linked in satisfying, vital ways”
    12. 12. Interview the Handout
    13. 13. How sensory aspects of the setting shape the mood and action • Inside a structure—hospital and church, mansion and shack • Outside—city or country, US or outside, winter or summer, on land or on water, cloudy or sunny, polluted or not, pine trees or maple trees • Example: House of Sand and Fog- Iranian culture in a California home
    14. 14. Examples of Setting Affecting Action • Like the narrowness of a hallway, the size of the wall, the slantedness of the floor, the loose gravel you are trying to run away on— that is often overlooked in fiction, but right now I’m affected that my house is cold and I have to make a fire –Eli Horowitz • TRY IT—Think of a place—this room or another and brainstorm your own list of how setting can affect action
    15. 15. My “Magnetic North” Story Setting • Text goes here – Some more here • Text goes here again – Some more here again
    16. 16. “Magnetic North” Use of Setting
    17. 17. Try a Story • Pick a setting • Select some aspects of the setting that are unique and strongly impact the senses • Describe them briefly in a sentence, then think about how they might shape action • Write fiction or nonfiction
    18. 18. Integrate setting into the story • Unify sensory experience—kitchen can involve a counter, smells, appliances, group gatherings with food, sharp knives, spills • Quickly conjure up an image—conversation in “grocery store” or “particle acceleration lab” • Use the setting in expected ways (counter to lean against) or unexpected ways (shouting argument in a church)
    19. 19. Your Thoughts
    20. 20. Abbreviated Bibliography • Burroway, Janet, and Susan Weinberg. Writing Fiction: A Guide to Narrative Craft. New York: Longman, 2003. Print. • Chatman, Seymour Benjamin, and Brian Attebery. Reading Narrative Fiction. New York: Macmillan, 1993. Print. • Horowitz, Eli. Guidelines for Prospective Field Reports. San Francisco: Ying, Horowitz and Quinn, n.d. PDF.
    21. 21. The Edge Of The Art Of The Ebook: How The Digital World Is Shaping Story Setting Debbie Merion Solstice MFA at Pine Manor College Graduate Lecture 3:30 Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014