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All the Feels: Writing for Emotional Impact with Kat Falls

$65.00 · May 20

In this workshop, we’ll explore the vital role evoking emotion plays in storytelling and how to craft stories that resonate long after the reader closes the book.

Start Date

May 20

Day(s) of the Week

Monday

Class Times

6:30pm – 8:30pm CT

Sessions

1

Location

Chicago Studio

Instructor

Price

$65

Only 1 left in stock

Description

Whether you’re writing a novel or memoir, captivating readers goes beyond plot and prose—it’s about taking them on an emotional journey they won’t forget. Readers want to experience stories viscerally, whether it’s feeling the grief of betrayal along with the character or the euphoria of falling in love.

In this workshop, we’ll explore the vital role evoking emotion plays in storytelling and how to craft stories that resonate long after the reader closes the book. We will discuss the power of sensory cues, evocative imagery, atmosphere, and character development to hook readers at gut level and create compelling narratives. Topics will include designing characters who elicit strong reactions, narrative elements that trigger a dopamine rush, connecting inner and outer journeys, emotional hooks, and using symbols and language to amplify your story’s emotional impact, regardless of the genre. Readers can simply read a book…or they can experience it. In this class, you’ll learn how to make that happen.

We’ll cover:

  • Why a story rings true when it resonates emotionally
  • Techniques to create a visceral reading experience
  • How to maximize your emotional moments
  • Evoking emotion through sensory cues, imagery, and character development
  • Moving beyond showing versus telling
  • Developing the emotional world of your story

About Kat Falls

Kat Falls writes science fiction thrillers for tweens and teens. In her Dark Life series (Scholastic Press), Kat takes middle grade readers on action-packed adventures under the sea. The series has been translated into 18 languages and is in development for film at Disney. Kat appeared on The Today Show when Al Roker featured Dark Life on “Al’s Book Club for Kids.” Her young adult series, Inhuman (Scholastic Press), is a dystopian romance set after the outbreak of a mutagenic virus. Inhuman received glowing reviews from Publishers Weekly, School Library Journal, VOYA, a starred review from Kirkus, and made the Tome It List for “clean” teen reads. Kat teaches at Northwestern University and presents at schools and writing conferences across the country. She also enjoys zooming with classes, libraries, and book clubs. Find out more at katfalls.net