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To Comfort and Disturb: Writing Emotion with Polly Rosenwaike
June 26, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm$100
It’s been said that good art’s job is to comfort the disturbed and disturb the comfortable, which raises interesting questions about the emotional power of narrative. Let’s talk about writing prose—both fiction and nonfiction—designed to stir up strong feelings. What makes for an affecting reading experience? How can we craft work that’s genuinely moving, rather than sentimental or exploitative? How do we channel emotion from our own lives into writing, and how do we imagine the experiences of others in convincing ways? We’ll look at short, emotionally-charged pieces and do some in-class exercises, with an eye toward representing psychological complexity and sharpening expressive language. This class is open to fiction and nonfiction writers of all levels.