The World and the Story

Facilitator: Guest Artist: Leah Stewart

  • Date: 10-7-2017
  • Time: 1:30 pm to 5:30 pm
  • Tuition: $60.00
  • Open to: Adults

In fiction, there's an interdependent relationship between world-building (the map) and narrative construction (the route). This class will examine the basics of plotting--the components of the romance, the mystery, and the quest--and how writers employ different types of stories in service to different visions of reality.

Why does a realist like Chekhov so often use the romance? For what purposes does a fantasy writer use the quest? How can a writer of literary fiction employ the quest or the mystery to investigate character? What do we say about the world when we choose the mystery, the romance, or the quest as the best way to explore it?

Leah Stewart is the author of five novels, most recently The New Neighbor. Her sixth novel, What You Don’t Know About Charlie Outlaw, is forthcoming from Putnam in 2018. In 2010, she was the recipient of an NEA Literature Fellowship and in 2014 the recipient of a Sachs Fund Prize. Her fourth novel, The History of Us, which is set in Cincinnati, was on the State Library of Ohio Choose to Read Ohio list for 2015-16. She is a professor at the University of Cincinnati and lives in Cincinnati with her husband and two children.

Location & Special Instructions

Women Writing for (a) Change
6906 Plainfield Road
Cincinnati, OH 45236