Marley was dead, to begin with. There is no doubt whatever about that. The register of his burial was signed by the clergyman, the clerk, the undertaker, and the chief mourner. Scrooge signed it. And Scrooge’s name was good upon ‘Change for anything he chose to put his hand to.
Old Marley was as dead as a doornail.
– A Christmas Carol
With Thanksgiving right around the corner and Christmas and other winter holidays on the horizon, we at the Alaska Writing Project have our minds on classic stories like Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, the spooky, moralizing tale of Ebenezer Scrooge. What is it about such stories (and characters) that move us? What other stories have used a holiday — be it Easter, Hanukkah or Halloween — to further a plot or explore certain themes?
If these questions intrigue you like they do us, please join us Saturday, Dec. 9, at the downtown Kaladi Brother’s Cafe, for coffee and writing from 10 a.m. to noon. Bring a laptop, pen and paper, or both — whatever is most conducive to your writing process.
And until then, write on!