ONLINE The Pathetic Fallacy: A Point of View Workshop
Ever heard of the pathetic fallacy? It’s a fancy term, but what it boils down to is that when a character is sad, the setting is gloomy and rainy, and when a character is happy, the world is sunshine and roses. Thomas Hardy made it famous in novels like Tess of the D’Urbervilles. These days, though, modern readers might find it a little too on-the-nose.
And yet, a character’s feelings—their thoughts, their emotions, their attention—should always affect how they perceive the world around them, and therefore how writers describe it! From happy rain to sad sunshine, let’s get together and explore the pathetic fallacy. When is it useful and when is it over the top? We’ll use writing exercises, examples, and discussion to bring your setting to life. This mini-workshop is perfect for beginners and intermediate writers in all genres.
This is an interactive online class using the Zoom web platform.
Heather Osborne writes science fiction, fantasy, and romance. She earned her doctorate of creative writing from the University of Calgary, and she is associate editor of the International Review of Science Fiction. Her first novel, Songbroken, is forthcoming from Forest Path Books (2022).