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Emotion is the point of connection between reader and story—the portal into a character’s life and a whole imagined universe. Yet sometimes we fumble our role as gatekeepers, either creating flat, inaccessible characters or pitching headlong into melodrama. How and when should we control the emotional volume? We’ll explore a variety of modes for conveying emotion and will do short writing exercises designed to punch through the door to our character’s emotional lives.
Alma García's short fiction has been published as award-winning in Narrative Magazine, Passages North, and Boulevard, and is forthcoming in Enizagam and in the anthology Roadside Curiosities: Short Stories on American Pop Culture (University of Leipzig Press/Picador).