Essential Elements: Emotion and the Interior Life

Date(s): June 03, 2017 03:30 PM – June 03, 2017 06:30 PM
Cost: $60/$50 WLT/SCBWI Member. To pay via check, e-mail [email protected]
Faculty: Joy Preble
Maximum Class Size: 15
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A key component in strong writing is making your readers feel. How do we writers accomplish this? By focusing in on and honing the emotion in our works-in-progress. How can we understand, truly and deeply, a character’s interior self—the inner desires, fears, motivations that drive action? How do we establish this for ourselves and our readers as we craft our novels?

Writers Walking PB Intensive 2016Join us for a half-day class where we explore the crucial topic of finding the emotional heart in every scene, every chapter of your book.

Topics to be covered:

  • Working with tight POV
  • Finding the ‘so what?’ in every scene.
  • Using objective correlates.
  • Mining backstory.
  • Making interior thought matter.
  • Using dialogue to build character and establish the emotional center.

Who Should Take This course:

  • Writers of all genres and levels
  • Writers looking to take their writing to the next level.
  • Writers who want to analyze the inner workings of scenes.
  • Writers working on a second or third draft.
  • Writers looking to sharpen their character development skills.

Please bring a laptop or notebook and a chapter or two from your current work-in-progress.

joypic13Joy Preble is the author of several young adult novels including the DREAMING ANASTASIA series; the SWEET DEAD LIFE series; a contemporary road trip/family drama, FINDING PARIS, which SLJ called, “An intricate guessing game of sisterly devotion, romance, and quiet desperation.” Her newest novel, IT WASN’T ALWAYS LIKE THIS, was called “epic and addictive” by Beautiful Creatures’ author Kami Garcia and “a suspenseful treat with a gooey romantic center” by the Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books. In no particular order, Joy is fond of her family, her basset-boxer, clever cocktails and people who don’t whine. She’s also the Children’s Specialist at Houston’s Brazos Bookstore and on faculty at Writespace Houston. Visit Joy at or follow her on Twitter @joypreble.


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