Erik Larson's The Devil in the White City has riveted readers while also inspiring writers. A murderer and a world's fair make for a compelling premise; but it's Larson’s storytelling skills that turn the book into a model for writers to learn from.
In this class, we will dig into the foundational components of the book, including character, plot, and setting. After analyzing the craft of the storytelling, class participants will walk away with skills they can apply to their own writing.
Dr. Caroline Malloy is a historian, book coach, and developmental editor in Chicago, specializing in heritage and the use and re-use of historical stories. She spends several months a year as a Resident Historian with Viking Ocean Cruises.
- Erik Larson, The Devil in the White City. Vintage, 2004. ISBN: 978-0375725609
- Please read (or reread) Part I of The Devil in in the White City before our first class (you're welcome to re/read all of it, of course!). Pay particular attention as you read to stylistic choices Larson makes that engage you, personally, as the Reader.
Cost and Registration
One session, $65 ($58.50 for Newberry members, seniors, and students). Learn about becoming a member.
To register multiple people for this class, please go through the course calendar in Learning Stream, our registration platform. When you select the course and register, you’ll be prompted to add another registrant.
Support the Newberry
Your generosity is vital in keeping the library’s programs, exhibitions, and reading rooms free and accessible to everyone.Make a Gift