FIND THE STORY BENEATH THE SURFACE

Creating an emotional response in readers is more than just luck—it's a craft. Based on psychological research and an extensive study of what makes novels emotionally gripping, this all-day intensive workshop goes beyond showing and telling to help you create an emotional journey for readers—one that is unseen but nevertheless deeply felt and ultimately unforgettable.

Thursday, August 17 - Emotional Craft of Fiction Workshop
  Go Beyond Showing Versus TellingThere are three primary paths to producing an emotional response in readers and Donald will be walking the audience through each one.
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  Establish Moral StakesGiven a universal hope for what is high and right, so many characters in fiction so often have their eyes fixed directly in front of them—as if the current plot complications are all that matter.
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  Connect The Outer and Inner Journeys of Your CharactersDo plot events kick off a story, or does the story kick off a novel’s events?
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  View Plot as a Series of Emotional OpportunitiesGetting real is what happens when a scene’s subtext bursts through. Any sudden shift in tone, unexpected openness, challenge, show of force, sudden softening, begging for compassion, or other call to genuineness and honesty can become electrifying and emotional.
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  Create Cascading ChangeWhen your protagonist slams into someone else, that second person has no choice but to push back or move.
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  View Story as an Emotional MirrorAre your characters you? In some ways they must be. After all, they spring from your mind and imagination. They are products of your makeup, experience, wants, fears, and beliefs. 
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  Develop a Positive Spirit and Practice Magnanimous WritingWhat kind of person are you asking your readers to spend 400 or more pages with? What sort of company are you providing for your readers? 
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Find the Hidden Current that Makes Stories MoveWhat is it about a novel that sweeps us up into its world? What carries us along even when the imperatives of plot are on hold or absent? What makes us ache for something without knowing what it is?
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Readers can simply read a novel ... or they can experience it. "The Emotional Craft of Fiction" workshop shows you how to make that happen. Based on literary agent and craft instructor Donald Maass's best-selling book

You can attend the workshop on Thursday, August 17, from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM, as a standalone experience for $199 or choose to add it on to your Writer’s Digest Annual Conference registration for just $149.

 

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DONALD MAASS

LITERARY AGENT/FOUNDER, DONALD MAASS LITERARY AGENCY

Donald Maass founded the Donald Maass Literary Agency in New York in 1980. His agency sells more than 150 novels every year to major publishers in the U.S. and overseas.  He is the author of The Career Novelist (1996), Writing the Breakout Novel (2001), Writing the Breakout Novel Workbook (2004), The Fire in Fiction (2009), The Breakout Novelist (2011) and Writing 21st Century Fiction (2012).  He is a past president of the Association of Authors’ Representatives, Inc.