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Read it and Weep: the Art of Emotion

All Levels | Ever wept over a book? Grinned at a happy ending? If so, you’ve felt the power of a well-crafted emotional scene—and you know that making a reader feel something is more complicated than simply writing, “It was sad.” This class will engage with work by prose writers across genre lines, such as Baldwin, Lui, and Rowling. We’ll examine what elements of craft go into successful emotional scenework—and then we’ll implement these elements and learn to bring about a true sympathetic response in our readers. You’ll leave with a toolbox of tricks, ready to charge your own prose with emotional electricity.

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Instructor: Emma Törzs

Class Type: 1 Session

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Start Date: 07/14/2019

Days of the Week: Sunday

Time: 10:00 am – 3:00 pm PDT

Minimum Class Size: 5

Maximum Class Size: 20

$135.00 Member Price:
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$150.00 General Price:

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Emma Törzs

Emma Törzs is based in Minneapolis. She is the recipient of a 2015 O. Henry award, and her stories have appeared in journals such as Ploughshares, the Threepenny Review, Narrative, the Cincinnati Review, and Salt Hill, among others.

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