InKY Workshops

Second Saturdays

9:30AM - 12:00PM

$30 Members/$40 Non-members
handling fees apply at check-out 

December 14, 2019


The J-Town Beach House

A Workshop for fiction and creative nonfiction writers


Place serves as much more than an inert backdrop to the events of a story. Think of setting as a container. Properly written, place creates its own atmosphere, shapes the story it holds, and influences the characters acting within (and sometimes upon) it. Join novelist Katy Yocom in the exploration of place in this writing workshop for writers of both fiction and creative nonfiction. We’ll read and discuss examples of vivid, meaning-imbued settings in fiction and creative nonfiction, participate in writing exercises that help illuminate the many possibilities offered by place, and develop plans for making the most of setting in your current writing project or one that’s brewing in your imagination.



  1. Your favorite writing tools

  2. A picture or object that speaks to you about a place that figures into your writing.


Katy Yocom is a writer, traveler, and animal lover who has lived in Louisville most of her life. Her debut novel, Three Ways to Disappear, won the Siskiyou Prize for New Environmental Literature and was a finalist for several other prizes. In researching the novel, she traveled to India, funded by a grant from the Elizabeth George Foundation. She is a 2019 recipient of the Al Smith Fellowship Award for artistic excellence from the Kentucky Arts Council. Her fiction, poetry, and essays have appeared in Salon, The Louisville Review, Midlife at the Oasis, and elsewhere. She holds an MFA in writing from Spalding University, co-hosts the Spalding at 21c reading series, serves on the board of the Kentucky Women Writers Conference, and is associate director of Spalding’s School of Creative and Professional Writing.


The J-Town Beach House

10315 Watterson Trail

Louisville, KY 40299


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