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Construct Cinematic Settings

Mastering Place, Time, and Mood in Fiction and Memoir

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"If your reader feels the sun on his flesh, the wind fluttering his shirt sleeves, half your fight is won. The most improbable tales can be made believable, if your reader, through his senses, feels certain that he stands at the middle of events. He cannot refuse, then, to participate. The logic of events always gives way to the logic of senses." —Ray Bradbury


Setting in fiction and memoir is more than place. It’s also time and mood, and the ways in which all three interact to create something truly spectacular, something that draws your reader in and makes her feel like she's living inside your story. Using examples from bestselling books and activities designed to help you bring out the best in your writing, this class guides you through the process and potential pitfalls of choosing a setting, and explores the ways in which tone can be applied and descriptive passages can be honed to illuminate characters and themes.


Your Instructor


Jess Lourey
Jess Lourey

Jessica (Jess) Lourey teaches, travels, and writes about secrets.

She's the Amazon Charts bestselling Lefty, Agatha, and Anthony-nominated author of nonfiction, YA adventure, magical realism, suspense, and thrillers. Jess is a tenured professor of writing and sociology, a recipient of The Loft's Excellence in Teaching fellowship, a Psychology Today blogger, a leader of writing retreats, and a TEDx presenter. Check out her TEDx Talk to discover the surprising inspiration behind May Day, her first published novel. In addition to her online courses, she teaches face-to-face writing workshops for all and leads transformative writing retreats for women.

When not traveling, reading, writing, or hanging out with her family, you can find her dreaming of her next story. You can find out more about Jess on her website and by signing up for her newsletter.


Course Curriculum


  Module 1—What Is Setting?
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  Module 2—What Purpose Does Setting Serve?
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  Module 3—Bonus Setting Tips
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