How to Move Your Readers: Developing Dramatic Emotions (with Junse Kim)

Junse Kim




WEDNESDAYS, MAY 8—JUNE 5  | One of the most difficult narrative issues in fiction writing is how to emotionally move your readers. Often, what we writers render on the page are concepts of drama meant to profoundly affect the reader, but it does not. In this five-week process class we will dissect the intricate concepts of how emotions are developed in fiction, and master how to recognize and apply narrative craft that develop dramatic emotions in ways that can move our readers. These skills will be developed through in-class writing exercises and assignments, focusing on interior monologue, characters’ perceptions, creating motivations, and more.

Junse Kim is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize, a Faulkner Short Story Award, and the Philip Roth Residence in Creative Writing at Bucknell University. His fiction and creative nonfiction has been published in a number of literary journals, including Ontario Review, Zyzzyva, and Fourteen Hills. He teaches fiction writing at the M.F.A. program at San Francisco State University.


Number of sessions: 5

Time: 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Dates: Wednesdays, May 8, 15, 22, 29; June 5

Course fee: $350

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