Posted March 2016

Powerful Objects


What makes a story pulsate with meaning? How can you keep imagery fresh and ideas and emotions tactile? In this webinar, we’ll discuss the multiple uses of objects in fiction: to develop character, to structure story, and to heighten emotional impact. Participants should read Cynthia Ozick’s short story “The Shawl” (http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/1980/05/26/the-shawl) before listening. Writing exercises are incorporated into the lecture.

Event Materials

Webinar recording: Powerful Objects

Explore the use of objects to enhance your storytelling. The original webinar included about 35 minutes of writing time, so it may be best to block at least an hour and 15 minutes to listen and allow yourself time to do the exercises. These gaps have been spliced out of the recording: run time is just over 39 minutes.

About Lecturer

About Anca Szilágyi

Anca L. Szilágyi is the author of Daughters of the Air, which The Seattle Times calls "a deeply personal story against the surreal backdrop of [Argentina’s Dirty War]” and Shelf Awareness calls "a striking debut from a writer to watch." Her essays and short stories appear in Salon, Los Angeles Review of Books, Lilith Magazine, and elsewhere. She is the recipient of the inaugural Artist Trust / Gar LaSalle Storyteller Award as wells grants and fellowships from Vermont Studio Center, 4Culture, Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, Made at Hugo House, and Jack Straw Cultural Center. Originally from Brooklyn, she currently lives in Seattle where she teaches creative writing at Hugo House and online in the MA program in English and Creative Writing at Southern New Hampshire University. Find her at ancawrites.com.