THE POWER OF PLACE: Telling a Story from the Ground Up! with Dominique De Fazio

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Develop your capacity to notice the integration of what people say and do with the physical, situational context in which their words and actions take place.

Learn how to establish the place of a story – Its sensations, its size, the quality of time, the situation – as the soil from which the events of a scene will grow.

Explore the integrate of human “happenings” with the place in which they occur. 

Join me in this writing workshop to learn strategies for taking rage, fear, and heartbreak and turn them into pieces of art that may hold the power to spark change.


October 30 - November 27, 2017


·“The Verb’s The Thing”:  Study how verbs can suggest the sensory details of a place, catch the rhythm of the place, and suggest the kinds of movement and changes that are possible.

“Breathing Land, Breathing Space”:  Consider how the space of a setting (its volume and its permission for movement) may seem to expand or contract like a breath within the experience of a character.

“Making an Entrance”:  Learn how to introduce a character into the place, continuing the rhythm of the place in the character’s rhythm of thought, or speech, or physical actions.

“Birthing a Scene”:  Write a scene of one to two pages, with two characters, using both dialogue an description, in which the place gives birth to the words and actions of the scene.


Week One: Facing the Difficult


How do you write about a social justice issue that is difficult, and perhaps even physically painful, to look at? This week we will read pieces by Juan Felipe Herrera, Claudia Rankine, and Ashaki M. Jackson looking for strategies to trick the mind into writing about a difficult topic. We will write new pieces using at least one strategy from the readings.   


Week Two: Hooking an Audience

How do you get an audience to read a piece about a social justice issue that is difficult to look at or spend time with? This week we will read pieces by Martin Espada, Carolyn Forche, and Javier Zamora looking for strategies to hook the reader. We will write new pieces using at least one strategy from the readings. 

Week Three: Working the Writing

Everyone will submit one piece to be workshopped by the group with the objective of revising the piece based off feedback for the following week. 

Week Four: Finding a Home

We will survey current open calls for social justice and resistant pieces as well as look at ongoing social media campaigns such as Poets Responding to SB1070 and #blackpoetsspeakout in order to find possible places to submit or post new work generated in the workshop.