$45 – $60

Digging the Well: Building Emotional Content in Our Stories

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2000 Edwards Street

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Houston, TX 77007

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INSTRUCTOR: Allegra Hyde
TIME: Sunday, February 3rd, 3-6 PM
PRICE: Early-Bird until Tuesday, January 29th: $45 for members, $60 for non-members. After Tuesday, January 29th: $55 for members, $70 for non-members. Become a Writespace member here. Scholarships available here.
LOCATION: Writespace at Silver Street Studios, 2000 Edwards #208, Houston, TX, 77007
LEVEL: All Levels
CAP: Limited to 15 Writers

Why is it that our story ideas sing in our imaginations, but then sound flat when we move to the page? Sometimes we can chalk that discrepancy up to the ups and downs of the writing process; it’s just what happens when we move from the kernel of a story to drafting and revision, and eventually it works itself out. At other times, the gap is due to a lack of emotional content. We’ve generated characters, a setting, they’re talking to each other, they even have some problems, but we find that while we’re accruing details, we’re not accruing depth. Building emotional content isn’t about getting all of our characters on a therapist’s couch. It’s about looking at what we’ve written and finding the traces of deep desire, power play, values, and fruitful contradiction within those pages. From there, we find ways to subtly turn those traces into a source of power and purpose in our story. In the class, we’ll do this through exercises, discussion, and by lending a keen eye to our own work.

Note: Please bring 1-2 double-spaced pages of prose you have been struggling with




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