DATE: Saturday, June 13, 2015
TIME: 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Hyatt Place, 1851 SE 10th Avenue, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
COST: $20 per person/member, $25 non-member; includes breakfast
DIRECTIONS: I-95 to 595 E. (Exit 24). Go east on 595 till US1 North. Take US1 to SE 17th Street Causeway and turn right towards the beach. Then take the second right onto SE 10th Avenue. Location is one block in on your right. (Behind the Outback Steakhouse.)
PARKING: Open parking - free of charge.
PROGRAM: “Using Character Emotion to Wow Readers"
Readers read to have an emotional experience, to feel what’s happening on the page. With the vast competition in publishing today, it’s more important than ever for authors to hook readers through strong emotional connections. One of the best ways to make this happen is by clearly conveying the character’s emotion through a variety of techniques. This 60-minute presentation will teach you the effectiveness of showing (rather than telling) your character’s emotion. You will learn how to build reader empathy by showing emotion through dialogue, thoughts, body language, and visceral reactions. Also covered are common problem areas, such as melodrama and clichés, and how to avoid them.
BIOGRAPHY: Becca Puglisi
Becca Puglisi is a YA fantasy and historical fiction writer who enjoys slurping copious amounts of Mountain Dew and snarfing snacks that have no nutritional value. She has always enjoyed contemplating the What if? scenario, which serves her well in south Florida. As a result, during hurricane season you can find her stalking the local weather forecasters and muttering unkind words toward the Atlantic.
Becca is the co-creator of The Bookshelf Muse, an award-winning online resource for writers. She has also authored a number of non-fiction resource books for writers, including The Emotion Thesaurus: A Writer's Guide to Character Emotion; The Positive Trait Thesaurus: A Writer's Guide to Character Attributes; and The Negative Trait Thesaurus: A Writer's Guide to Character Flaws. A member of SCBWI, she leads workshops at regional conferences and teaches webinars through WANA International. Becca can be found at www.writershelpingwriters.net.