Finding the Center
Facilitator: Mark Powell
Dates: September 16– October 11, 2019
Class Size: 10
Works of fiction, be they stories or novels, often grow not from a developed plot or series of events, but from moments of emotional power. In this course, we will work to develop these moments, honing them, tightening them, and then work outward, developing a story that deepens the emotional resonance of the work while linking them to the narrative structure necessary to carry a larger work. We will start by examining published examples of “emotional centers” and then shift our focus to student work.
Mark Powell is the author of five novels, most recently Small Treasons from Gallery/Simon & Schuster. Powell has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Breadloaf and Sewanee Writers’ Conferences, and in 2014 was a Fulbright Fellow to Slovakia. In 2009 he received the Chaffin Award for contributions to Appalachian literature. He holds degrees from Yale Divinity School, the University of South Carolina, and the Citadel. He lives in the mountains of North Carolina where he teaches at Appalachian State University.