Genre tips

#AtoZChallenge: Genres–Regionalism

The A to Z Challenge asks bloggers to post 26 articles on a themed topic. It’s supposed to be every day except Sundays during the month of April but I did this last year, found it way to busy for the likes of me, and decided to post mine ‘about’ once a month. Yes, it’ll take me a couple of years. Sigh.

My topic, like the last two times I did the conventional approach, will be writing genres.

This genre:



fiction (and poetry) that focuses on the characters, dialect, customs, topography, and other features particular to a specific region. Usually, this refers to American Literary Regionalism.

Tipsa to z

  1. Characters are marked by their adherence to the old ways, by dialect, and by particular personality traits central to the region.
  2. Setting is not incidental to the story; it is central.
  3. Include local traditions in detail and authentically, as a way to explain them or preserve them.
  4. Usually focuses after the American Civil War.
  5. Think historical fiction but with lots of atmosphere.
  6. Focus more on realism than a romantic vision of the world.
  7. Embrace ordinary life rather than escape from it.
  8. Practice a degree of narrative distance rendered through the character of a narrator differing in class or place of origin from the region’s residents.

Popular Books/Authors

  1. Most of Mark Twain’s writings
  2. The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
  3. In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
  4. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  5. Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe
  6. Jack London
  7. Old Creole Days by George Washington Carver
  8. Main Traveled Roads by Hamlin Garland
  9. Penrod by Booth Tarkington
  10. Westerns–pretty much any of them

Click for complete list of these 26 genres

Click for a complete list of all genres I’ve written about

More R Genres:

Jacqui Murray is the author of the popular Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy, the Man vs. Nature saga, and the Rowe-Delamagente thrillers,. She is also the author/editor of over a hundred books on integrating tech into education, adjunct professor of technology in education, blog webmaster, an Amazon Vine Voice,  a columnist for NEA Today, and a freelance journalist on tech ed topics. Look for her next prehistoric fiction, Against All Odds, Summer 2020. You can find her tech ed books at her publisher’s website, Structured Learning

48 thoughts on “#AtoZChallenge: Genres–Regionalism

    • I originally wrote this as creative non-fiction but my credentials aren’t based in the subject so I switched. One of my trilogies will introduce religion, however we first dipped our toe into that. To explain the unexplainable–absolutely–but I’m wondering if it started before that. Hmm…


  1. Aha! Another genre I hadn’t heard about, yet it covers a lot of famous and respected authors! I really ought to read “To Kill a Mockingbird”. Based on your descriptions, it seems like historical fiction overshadows regionalism. Thank you for another informative post, Jacqui and have a fantastic weekend!

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  2. Hi Jacqui – lots of regional aspects aren’t there … I did it for one of my A-Zs on Rare Breeds – where I highlighted the counties of the UK as appropriate for each breed. Good ‘R’ though … and Reference … take care – Hilary

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  3. For the longest time I’ve been trying to decide what type of fiction I write. My stuff is never romantic, and although there’s an element of suspense, I can’t really call it mystery or thriller either. Then you write this post, Jacqui. This is my type of fiction.

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  4. I didn’t think of this as a genre but it makes sense, Jacqui. A friend and his wife broke away from their Mormon community. He wrote a book about his Mormon life and categorized it as memoir, but I think it can also be under the genre of regionalism. Thank you, Jacqui.

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  5. Having lived on the east coast (Maryland), midwest (Dakotas), and now the west (California), I’ve seen my share of regional differences. My parents always used to say (not sure I believe it) the folks in the midwest were more trusting and neighborly, but my belief is that people are far more alike than different throughout the country/world. That said, there are some distinct cultural differences wherever you live. Excellent post, Jacqui!

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    • It did sound good. It reminds me of a book I read by Chet Raymo called The Path. They’re not the same, just both reflective of journeys.
      You too–about enjoy the weekend. Take a walk and share those pictures!

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