A Workshop with Jessica Morrell
It’s all in the Details: Breathing Life and Creating Balance in Stories
March 19, 9:30-4:30
Location: Arlington, Washington
Reading is an intimate experience and requires that the reader enter an intimate world, away from humdrum reality. Because we read to leave the everyday world behind, we want to be convinced of another reality and to become part of it. Many techniques sweep readers into this other reality. In this workshop for both fiction and nonfiction writers, we’ll cover techniques to create authentic and compelling stories that employ scenes for maximum wattage and lead to a satisfying ending, all underlain with details that simmer, sweat, and breathe on the page. We’ll also cover how all techniques need to be balanced, the story needs to linger for important moments, and explode at times for impact. Generous handouts will be provided and short writing exercises will enhance your understanding of the discussion.
Topics covered include:
- How to use sensory details to anchor stories and bring the familiar to life, to convince readers of a palpable reality, especially when the setting is exotic or unfamiliar; and stir emotions in readers and characters.
- How to use details and description that also instill forward motion in a story.
- When to write in scene and when to write in summary.
- When to pick up the pace and when to slow it down.
- How to build toward a satisfying and inevitable ending.
This workshop requires pre-registration and payment. Space is limited, so you’re encouraged to register
early. Contact Jessica at jessicapage (at) spiritone(dot)com