Online: Zoom

Touchy Feely: How to Get Emotional Without Making a Mess

Friday, February 11th, from 10:30am-1:30pm (EST).
Online: Zoom
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Level: For Everyone
Adult (18+)
This class is full

One of our goals as writers is to effectively evoke emotion. But when we write memoir we’re faced with two opposing forces that guard the source of true feeling: sentimentality and frigidity. Write with too much unfiltered emotion and the reader may say, “This reads like a journal.” Write without enough emotion, perhaps out of concern about coming across as self-pitying, and the reader may say, “This feels too distant.”

This session will address the tricky process of finding the balance between these two poles. Together we’ll look writers who're good at getting emotional on the page - Jesmyn Ward, Grace Talusan, Jonathan Lethem, and others - and discuss strategies and exercises that will help draw out the true emotion in our own writing. 

Class Format

This class will take place using Zoom videoconferencing. About 15 minutes before your class is scheduled to begin, you'll receive an email from your instructor with a link to join the class meeting!

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Alysia Abbott
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