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Writers Workshop: "The Emotional Craft of Fiction" with Donald Maass

  • Sunday, January 07, 2018
  • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Riviera Resort, Palm Springs, 1600 N Indian Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92262, Royal Room 1. Park in Ballroom parking spaces for free parking. See more about parking under registration details.


  • lunch is included
  • lunch is included

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Writers Workshop:
The Emotional Craft of Fiction
NY Literary Agent
Donald Maass

Sunday, January 7, 2018

10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Riviera Resort
1600 N Indian Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92262
Royal Room 1

Park in Ballroom parking spaces for free parking.

PSWG interactive Writers’ Workshops offer paid attendees the opportunity to learn and participate in a friendly learning environment, network with an industry professional and meet fellow writers.

About Donald Maass: A literary agent in New York, Donald Maass’s agency sells more than 150 novels every year to major publishers in the U.S. and overseas. He is the author of The Career Novelist (1996), Writing the Breakout Novel (2001), Writing the Breakout Novel Workbook (2004) and The Fire in Fiction (2009), Writing 21st Century Fiction (2012) and The Emotional Craft of Fiction (2016). He is a past president of the Association of Authors’ Representatives, Inc. http://maassagency.com

I attended Don's workshop in Seattle where over 150 were enthralled by his presentation and the depth of discovery of what makes a saleable novel by him and his agency. If you write fiction and are serious about it, you cannot afford to miss this workshop. —Jim Misko, VP Programs, PSWG

About this workshop:

THE EMOTIONAL CRAFT OF FICTION How to Tell the Story Beneath the Surface - The emotional effect of fiction on readers is a craft.  Based on psychological research and study of what makes novels emotionally gripping, this intensive workshop takes participants beyond showing or telling to create an emotional journey for readers—one unseen but nevertheless deeply felt and ultimately unforgettable.

Some of the topics we might cover include:
The Readers’ Experience
Readers’ experience has little to do with what characters feel.
3rd Level Emotions
Emotional surprise and subtlety even in high-action scenes.
Small = Big
Using small details to build big emotions in readers.
Making Inactive Scenes Matter
What’s happening when “nothing is happening”.
Tension & Energy Shifts
How to pace a novel’s unseen emotional plot.
Emotional Hooks & Bonding Readers
Unnoticed dimensions of great openings.
Plotting the Non-Plot Driven Novel
It’s not about forcing out plot but posing the right questions.
The Emotional Plot and the Reader’s Map
Plot considered as emotional opportunities.
Emotional Goals and Turning Points in Scenes
The inner scene and how to shape it.
Story Worlds We Don’t Want to Leave
It isn’t the place itself but what we experience there.
Moving Readers with Change
Arc, step-by-step changes, cascading change, turns toward virtue.
The Emotional Mirror
Finding unused story potential by having protagonist interview author.

This is an intensive, hands-on workshop for advanced fiction writers.  Participants should bring a WIP and writing materials.

Registration Details:

  • Seating limited - more than half the seats have been sold!
  • PSWG Members: $150.00
  • Non-Members: $175.00
  • Day of workshop sales available ONLY if workshop is not full. Bring check. Workshop events are limited to 40 participants.
  • Payment in Full is confirmation of seating.
  • Online payment via PayPal or credit card only.
  • 72-hour cancellation policy less credit card fees.
  • Park in Ballroom parking spaces for free parking. Approach the Riviera Resort going towards the mountains on Vista Chino and turn right into the parking area designated BALLROOM or CONVENTION before you get to Indian Canyon Drive. Turn left upon entering and Parking is free in that area.
  • Lunch is included in workshop fee.
  • Click here to register for this event.
*Event Contact: Jim Misko: jim@jimmisko.com


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