Pull At Your Readers' Heartstrings: Writing Emotion (with Cindy Littlefield)
The key to crafting truly sympathetic characters (be they heroes or villains) is to make their emotions so palpable on the page that the reader actually feels them too. Ironically, the trick is to never identify those sentiments by name. In this one-day class, we will study passages from contemporary fiction (and film) that exemplify how effectively the masters use subtext to communicate love, grief, anger, sadness, elation, etc. in their prose. Next, we’ll try our hand at employing language, perception, and other elements of craft to deftly convey our own characters’ state of mind. Prompts will be provided for the writing exercise, but participants may choose to work on revising an excerpt from a work in progress if they prefer.
CINDY LITTLEFIELD's fiction has appeared in Inside the Bell Jar, Litro, Dogzplot, and the Rose & Thorn Journal, and she was a former finalist in Glimmer Train’s Short Story Award for New Writers. She holds an MFA in creative writing from Southern New Hampshire University and a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Michigan State University. She is a freelance writer, editor, and writing coach who has developed and edited online and print content for a variety of publishers, including Disney Interactive Media, EDDA, and Storey Publishing. Find out more at cindylittlefield.com.
WHEN: Saturday, April 13 (1-4pm)
WHERE: Williamsburg, MA