No World Like Mine
Presented by Joshilyn Jackson


9 a.m. to noon
State Library

Richly imagined, evocative settings can transport readers to the world of your book. Good novels are grounded in landscapes that work in tandem with character and plot to evoke nostalgia, recognition, horror, hope, pity, tears, and laughter. Whether you are writing in your beloved homeland, an exotic location you’ve visited or researched, or in a thoroughly invented other-world, it is your job to capture each place’s spirit and personality. In this workshop, we’ll first define and differentiate between “place re-creation” and “sense of place,” and create a set of guidelines that will help you choose between them or blend them for your WIP. We’ll do a writing exercise that asks us to explore ways to light “place” so that our characters can stand out clearly and fully against its crafted backdrop.  Bring writing materials and a willingness to share.

To register for a 2017 Louisiana Book Festival WordShop, complete this form or call 225.219.9503.

New York Times and USA Today Bestselling novelist Joshilyn Jackson is the author of eight novels and a novella, including gods in Alabama, The Opposite of Everyone, and most recently The Almost Sisters. Her books have won SIBA’s Novel of the Year and been translated into a dozen languages, four time selected #1 Book Sense Picks, and three time shortlisted for the Townsend Prize; she is a two-time Georgia Author of the Year. A former actor, Jackson reads the audio versions of her novels; her work in this field has been nominated for the Audie Award and garnered three Listen Up Awards from Publisher’s Weekly. She serves on the board of Reforming Arts, a nonprofit dedicated to providing theatre infused liberal arts education to women incarcerated in Georgia. Through their education-in-prison program, Joshilyn volunteers inside Georgia’s maximum security facility for women, teaching creative writing and literature. She’s also taught fiction seminars and classes and led workshops all over the country, including stints at Vermont College of Fine Arts and Emory University.


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