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Emotional Russian Doll Stories Means Readers Laugh and Cry

Saturday, August 3
1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
St. Helen’s D

Swooper or Basher? Pantser or Plotter? No matter your writerly style, understanding how the reader’s brain builds the story in their heart and mind allows you to influence their experiences on a deep level. In this interactive presentation, Eric Witchey will unpack the layers of emotion the reader carries, explore how readers internalize those emotions, and discover how writers can make use of that knowledge for emotion-driven production and revision. This workshop will touch on brain function, but focuses primarily on techniques that untangle and manipulate the Russian Doll characteristic of emotion in stories. You’ll leave with a general understanding of how readers internalize emotion, carry it, and layer it while reading, and a process for intentionally layering emotion in composition or revision for greater impact.


Eric Witchey

Eric Witchey is known for his ability to teach clear, useable skills that allow students to create saleable fiction. His seminars and classes grow out of his experience teaching at two universities, a community college, countless conferences, and many private seminars. Working in multiple genres, he has sold over 100 short stories and four novels into national and international markets. Writers of the Future, New Century Writers, Writers Digest, the Eric Hoffer Award Program, Short Story America, the Irish Aeon Awards, and a number of other organizations have honored his work. His how-to articles have appeared in The Writer Magazine, Writer’s Digest Magazine, and other print and on-line magazines.