Conversations on the Arts
The Heart of the Matter: Creating Emotion in Fiction and Memoir | Saturday, September 29, 2018 1-3 PM
Making the reader feel is one of the most important goals of creative writing. But there aren’t cheap shortcuts and creating emotion on the page is an artful enterprise. In this seminar, I’ll discuss the importance of risking sentimentality to get at sentiment. Some methods we’ll look at include surprise, restraint, opposing forces, and the use of concrete, resonate detail. The seminar will include a talk, discussion, and an exercise on emotional mastery.
Beth Ann Baumann | Fees $150 Members; $200 Non-Members
About Beth Ann Baumann - Beth Ann Bauman is the author of a short story collection Beautiful Girls, and the young-adult novels Rosie and Skate, which was selected for the New York Times Editors’ Choice list and Booklist’s Top Ten First Novels for Youth, and Jersey Angel, selected by Publishers Weekly, Boston Globe, and The Horn Book as a best summer book. Ms. Bauman has received fellowships from the Jerome Foundation and the New York Foundation for the Arts.