Workshop: Character Emotional Arcs

Character Emotional Arcs


Registration Deadline: March 10, 2013
Class Start Date: 03/04/13
Class End Date: 03/29/13
Instructor: Kat Duncan
Fee: $10/HHRW members, $20/others

Class Description:

This workshop explores the elements needed to show a character’s emotional arc from opening page to ending scene. You will learn techniques that enable you to tug at a reader’s heartstrings. How and when to launch into emotional introspection and when not to. Blend emotion and story conflict and learn when and how to emphasize each. Manage your characters’ emotions by learning how to manipulate your readers’ emotions. Entice your readers to follow your characters’ emotional upheavals and revelations without giving readers a reason to toss the book aside out of boredom or toss it in the trash out of anger. Workshop includes lessons on showing versus telling, emotional triggers, emotional language and creating emotional phrases. Worksheets, templates and published excerpts and examples will be used to explain the techniques.

Instructor Bio:

Kat Duncan obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry and German from Regis College in Weston, MA. She is a Fulbright Scholar who spent a year in West Germany before the fall of the Berlin Wall. She obtained her Master’s Degree in Special Education from Gordon College in Wenham, MA. She tutors students from elementary through college and beyond in all subjects as well as study skills. Kat is a popular writing coach and mentor for fiction writers at all levels. She writes romantic suspense for The Wild Rose Press and is an indie publisher of romantic suspense, historical suspense and non-fiction shorts on writing. Visit her at


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