More Than Meets the Eye Writing the OTHER Four Senses

Saturday, Nov 5, 2016

Time: 1:00pm – 4:00pm

More Than Meets the Eye 

Writing the OTHER Four Senses

Marian Szczepanski

marianA sure-fire way to captivate your readers is with concrete details–BUT describing the appearance of a person, place or thing is just the beginning. Your characters, like your readers, have four other senses—hearing, taste, smell and touch—and each one offers you countless opportunities to render those characters’ experiences more vividly. By extension, the reader’s experience of fiction, memoir, and/or creative nonfiction embedded with sensory details will be deeper, more compelling, even downright visceral. 

We’ll read and discuss examples of sensory detail from such contemporary writers as Anthony Doerr, Lily King, Michael Ondaatje, Chitra Divakaruni and Lauren Groff. The class also will include writing prompts for using sensory details in new or in-progress work. Please bring a laptop or paper and pen to class. Handout provided with excerpts, writing exercises and bibliography of works cited. STUDENTS SHOULD READ THE VERY SHORT STORY “BRILLIANT MISTAKE” (IN HANDOUT) BEFORE CLASS.

Event Location

Center for Nonprofits
1200 W. Wanut St. Suite 1260
Rogers, Arkansas 72756

Event Fees:

Fee $ 25.00

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