Setting – The Genesis of Motif

Joan D. Cooper

This workshop is offered in partnership with Eastern Shore Writers Association

Saturday, June 7

9:00 – 11:30AM

Evergreen and ESWA Members: $25

Nonmembers: $35

To register online, click here

The setting of a novel or short story has become an increasingly significant force in the creation of a writer’s work. The value and quality of Place often determines the path and outcome of a story. Setting brackets a plot and often sets the action in motion. This class is designed to help writers create a natural space from the world of their imagination.

This workshop is presented in partnership with The Eastern Shore Writers Association workshop series held in Easton this spring.
In an effort to enhance the writing abilities of local authors, ESWA will hold two events at Trinity Cathedral and three in conjunction with Evergreen A Center for Balanced Living. These modestly-priced workshops will be held on Saturday mornings in April, May and June from 9:00-11:30 AM and are open to the public.

The creation of the workshops is an effort on ESWA’s part to increase its educational mission, adding to the impact of its popular Bay-to-Ocean Writing Conference and its many Delmarva-wide critique groups.

To register for the two events at Trinity Cathedral, see

BIO: Author of Finding Home at Lilac Hill, Joan D. Cooper spends more of her time crafting lesson plans and grading than writing at the moment. Currently working on a sequel Stories from Lilac Hill, she admits that setting is a driving force in her writing. A twenty-three year veteran of Maryland Public Schools, Joan is currently a teacher of British Literature and Creative Writing at James M. Bennett High in Wicomico County. The school advisor of the Poetry Out Loud Competition, she has coached students into regional and state level participation. She has coordinated three years of Brown Box Theatre Project’s performances of Shakespeare plays for the entire (2,000 plus) students to attend. Joan is an active member of EWSA and the Salisbury Critique Group.