Creating Memorable Scenes with Mitch Wieland
This talk will look briefly at crafting vivid and compelling scenes in fiction, creative nonfiction, or screenwriting that engage both the reader’s heart and mind. We will start at the smallest level of scene building, and then work up to the larger elements.
Tuesday February 18, 2020
11:30 AM – 1:00 PM MST
Hillcrest Country Club Inc
4610 West Hillcrest Drive
Mitch Wieland is the author of the novels Willy Slater’s Lane and God’s Dogs. Willy Slater’s Lane received starred reviews in Publisher’s Weekly and Booklist, and was optioned for a film. Named Idaho Book of the Year, God’s Dogs was featured in the annual Best of the West prize anthology, and was a top finalist for the John Gardner Fiction Award. Wieland’s short stories have appeared in The Missouri Review, The Southern Review, The Kenyon Review, The Yale Review, TriQuarterly, The Sewanee Review, Shenandoah, StoryQuarterly, Prairie Schooner, among other publications. Wieland is the recipient of a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, a Christopher Isherwood Fellowship, a Boise State University Arts and Humanities Fellowship, an Alexa Rose Foundation grant, and two Literature Fellowships from the Idaho Commission on the Arts. He is currently finishing a novel set in Japan in the aftermath of Fukushima.
A co-founder of the MFA program at Boise State University, Wieland was its director for ten years. Currently in his twenty-third year at Boise State, he serves as the longtime editor of the award-winning Idaho Review, and teaches MFA and BFA classes in fiction writing and publishing/editing.