This Week The Group Discusses Telling the ‘Same’ Story In Different Realizations

This week The Monarch Writers group will be meeting Monday in St. Louis, back in person and still going strong. We’re Looking at Shirley Jackson’s ‘The Lottery’ Comparing to ‘The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas’ by Ursula K. Le Guin.

We were discussing The Lottery last week as one of our writers read it for the first time and read a piece by Alice Munro at the same time talking about how she writes short stories. Munro talks about how every ‘finished’ story, is, perhaps still just a version… an attempt to tell it… And so, considering ‘The Lottery’ and how I remembered it, I thought of another story we might look at. ‘The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas’ by Ursula K Le Guin, to me, tells of the same sort of scene… but in a different realization. By one’s focus, scope, style, framing, language, – a variety of choices the author makes in telling, the ‘story’ allows us to see different aspects of the kaleidescope of human experience. So, we’ll be discussing both stories and what it means for our writing and projects this upcoming Monday. St. Louis, if you’re n the area, at the Bread Company on Chippewa. Or follow along, read the stories, post your own insights. Use hashtag #TheMonarchWriters and develop your authorship over your realms, fellow Monarch Writer.

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