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Setting: It’s More Than Just a Backdrop

Setting is one of the most important aspects of storytelling. It can help writers do everything — create the perfect mood, develop characters, establish backstory, etc. Through various exercises focusing on images, sounds, POV, unusual objects, and more, students will develop unique settings, with an understanding of how setting impacts other story elements. We’ll also spend a little time looking at model texts, such as excerpts from George Orwell, Rita Williams-Garcia, Kacen Callender, and Lois Lowry, to learn how they use setting to create a variety of effects.

This workshop will take place online using Zoom. A Zoom link for this workshop will be sent the week before it starts.

Scholarships are available by application. Questions? Please email

*Note – all Hugo House workshops are in Pacific Standard Time

Instructor: Tina Tocco

Grade: 7-9

Location: Online

Duration: 1 session

Start Date: 12/04/2021

Days of the Week: Saturday

Time: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm PST

Maximum Class Size: 15

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Tina Tocco

Tina Tocco is a Pushcart Prize nominee. As a writer for both children and adults, her work has appeared in kiddie magazines, such as Highlights, Cricket, Humpty Dumpty, AppleSeeds, and Odyssey, and in literary journals, including New Ohio Review, River Styx, Sou’wester, Roanoke Review, Potomac Review, Portland Review, and Italian Americana. Her children’s poetry collection, The Hungry Snowman and Other Poems, was released by Kelsay Books in 2019; her grown-up work was selected for The Best Small Fictions 2019 (Sonder Press, 2019), Best Nonfiction Food (Woodhall Press, 2020), and other anthologies. A recipient of multiple awards, Tina was a runner-up for the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrator’s Work-in-Progress Grant and a finalist in CALYX’s Flash Fiction Contest. She earned her MFA in creative writing from Manhattanville College, where she was editor-in-chief of Inkwell. Tina has taught for GrubStreet, Hudson Valley Writers Center, Arts Escape, Kids Short Story Connection, and other organizations.

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