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Saturday, May 6 • 10:15am - 11:30am
5N: Write in the Feels: Fictional Emotion
Limited Capacity seats available

For fiction writers, emotion is both essential and tricky territory. Overplay it and we risk melodrama; neglect it and our stories have little impact, low stakes, no heart. How do we find the balance? This session will look at how various authors have effectively approached “the feels” in fiction. We’ll identify strategies for when to show and when to tell, how to access emotionally detached or inarticulate characters, and how to capture emotional changes over time; as well as what other literary forms/genres can teach us about evoking fictional feelings. Attendees will leave with exercises, prompts, and suggestions for further reading on this topic.

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Mia Alvar

Mia Alvar's first book, In the Country, a collection of short stories, won the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction, the Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Award, and the Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize for Fiction from the University of Rochester. Mia has been a writ... Read More →

Saturday May 6, 2017 10:15am - 11:30am
Beacon Hill Room