Digging the Well: Building Emotional Content in Our Work
Instructor: Adrienne Perry
Why is it that our story ideas sing in our imaginations, but then sound flat when we move to the page? Sometimes we can chalk that discrepancy up to the ups and downs of the writing process; it’s just what happens when we move from the kernel for a story to drafting and revision, and eventually it works itself out. At other times, the gap is due to a lack of emotional content. We’ve generated characters, a setting, they’re talking to each other, they even have some problems, but we find that while we’re accruing details, we’re not accruing depth. Building emotional content isn’t about getting all of our characters on a therapist’s couch. It’s about looking at what we’ve written and finding the traces of deep desire, power play, values, and fruitful contradiction within those pages. From there, we find ways to subtly turn those traces into a source of power and purpose in our story. In the class, we’ll do this through exercises, discussion, and by lending a keen eye to our own work.
Note: Please come with 1-2 double-spaced pages of prose that have been giving you fits.
TIME: Saturday, January 20th, 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
PRICE: Early-Bird until January 15th: $40 for members, $55 for non-members; After January 15th: $50 for members, $65 for non-members
LEVEL: All Levels
CAP: Limited to 15 Writers