Steve Bateson is president of both the Bayside Village and its Bridge Institute, the graduate research institute housed on the Bayside Village campus on the Richmond shore of the San Francisco Bay. Bateson was one of the founders of the Bayside Village and Bridge Institute, as he told Greg and Sara the night before at a welcome reception. He's on the Bridge Institute faculty where he teaches the History of Ideas and a year-long graduate seminar on utopian works. On Day 3, he'll lead a workshop called Creative Writing with Utopias for Orientation guests. Just prior to this welcome address, Greg observes Bateson's "tall, slender form and silvery white hair" and his "vibrancy and presence." When Bateson is first introduced at the welcome reception the night before, the narrator describes him as a tall, slender man in his sixties, dynamic, charismatic. President Bateson makes several appearances in the novel, always holding the big picture of vision and mission. He's a wise man, a mature spiritual adept, an exemplar of service to noble aims in this world and beyond.
As to writing technique, I used the welcome address to further develop the vision of Bayside Village. But having a character read a speech can be tedious. To break up the speech, I added beats (small actions, references back to the setting and characters) of President Bateson, Greg and Sara. On several of Bateson's points, I brought in Greg's ruminations about moving to Bayside Village, starting a new life teaching and conducting research at the Bridge Institute. And I had Greg and Sara subtly interact over Bateson's points--by a whisper, an elbow. There is a dynamic balance in fiction between telling and showing. As these techniques serve the story arc, I believe they succeed in rescuing a speech (telling) from being a stranded discourse merely stuck into a story. In any event, the novel shows the vision in many scenes and actions. But here in the welcome address the vision is given all in one place.
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