What: Emotions in Fiction: Making Characters Real, Making Readers Feel
Who: Angie Hodapp
When: June 24, 2017 – 1:00-5:00pm
Cost: $25 – Use the PayPal button at the bottom of the page to make your payment. Then forward your name, phone number, and a copy of your transaction confirmation email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Where: Venue@21c (upper floor, to the right if coming in the upper entrance) of Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Dr. Colorado Springs, CO 80920
More Information: Memorable stories are rooted in emotion. In this workshop, we’ll start by looking at emotion in fiction from three perspectives: writer, character, and reader. Then we’ll dive into the many ways you can use character, story, and prose to elicit emotion in readers and make your stories unforgettable. Topics included in this workshop include how to:
- Write emotionally taxing scenes
- Identify and use modes of dramatic conflict to elicit emotion
- Avoid melodrama and sentimentality
- Use backstory to punch up your story’s emotional effect
- Plot your story according to its emotional turning points
Finally, we’ll look at how to use stimulus-response and scene-and-sequel to make sure you not only have emotion present on the page, but present in measures appropriate to your story. You’ll leave with additional resources you can immediately start using in your writing and revising.
About the Presenter: Angie Hodapp holds a BA in English and secondary education and an MA in English and communication development, and she is a graduate of the Denver Publishing Institute at the University of Denver. She has worked in publishing and professional writing and editing, in one form or another, for sixteen years. She currently works at Nelson Literary Agency as the Director of Literary Development and loves helping authors hone their craft and learn about the ever-changing business of publishing.