Family Stories: Evoking Emotion in Your Characters (Lit Fest Workshop)


We tell our family stories for ourselves, for our future generations, and for others outside our family. These stories connect the past to our present and to the future. Our stories and what we learn from them honors and respects our ancestors and us. They can awaken us and future generations to our potential. They can be transformative. For our family stories to be effective, however, they must not only tell a tale but express the important values, blunders, wishes, hopes, disappointments, and triumphs common to all humanity. And to convey the truth of humanity, our characters must express real emotion. 


This engaging virtual writing workshop will be presented online through Zoom, so participants will need to download the app for the free Zoom option and sign in with a username and password that Susan will send prior to the start time. The workshop will cover both the basics of story and the importance of genuine emotion in stories. It will also examine how writers achieve success in creating human emotion in contrast to why writers sometimes fail in this essential endeavor. Ample illustrations will be provided, some from Susan’s novel, Bells for Eli, and participants will be given writing prompts with time to write, followed by real time feedback. 


Workshop price includes a copy of Susan’s novel, BELLS FOR ELI in hardcover.


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Event date: 
Saturday, October 3, 2020 - 10:30am to 12:30pm
Event address: 
415 S Brooks Street
Suite B
Wake Forest, NC 27587
Bells for Eli Cover Image
ISBN: 9780881467376
Availability: In Warehouse, Usually Ships to Store in 1-5 Days
Published: Mercer University Press - March 2nd, 2020