Writers Night Out March 15, 2023, The Power of Setting On Plot and Character

The wafting of a cool breeze on a hot summer day. The whining of air brakes from a tractor trailer on a highway. The silence of snowfall on the rooftops of a small village.

Writers often think of setting as merely background for the plot and characters of a story.

But that’s not necessarily true.

Want to learn more?  Then you’re invited to attend the March 15 Writers Night Out on Zoom at 7:00 pm. 


In this workshop, designed for writers interested in deepening their use of world-making in both fiction and nonfiction, Elisabeth Sharp McKetta explores the power of place: how setting literally “acts” upon its characters and its overall plot. The author will speak about place in her own novel She Never Told Me About the Ocean (Paul Dry, 2021), as well as in certain novels by F. Scott Fitzgerald, and she will guide the writers in place-based prompts, followed by a discussion/Q&A.

Elisabeth Sharp Mcketta 

Elisabeth Sharp McKetta teaches writing at Harvard and Oxford. She is the author of She Never Told Me about the Ocean and ten other books. She co-edited the anthology What Doesn’t Kill Her: Women’s Stories of Resilience, which Gloria Steinem described as stories that “will help each of us to trust and tell our own.”

If you’d like to attend please email writers@capecodwriterscenter.org with Writers Night Out, March 15, 2023 in the subject heading.