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Family Stories: Evoking Emotion in Your Characters, online writing workshop led by Susan Beckham Zurenda
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Family Stories: Evoking Emotion in Your Characters, online writing workshop led by Susan Beckham Zurenda
Family Stories: Evoking Emotion in Your Characters
Online Writing Workshop led by Susan Beckham Zurenda
May 22, 2020, 10:00 AM to Noon | Online on Zoom  
$30 registration fee includes a hardcover copy of Bells for Eli (a $25 value) to be mailed to participants

"Only connect the prose and the passion,and both will be exalted."--E. M. Forster

During these challenging days when we are secluded from each other while simultaneously being inundated with frightening news of Covid-19 by the hour and worried about our loved ones and ourselves, its important to focus some of our energy on positive and productive interests. Susan Zurenda's writing workshop, Family Stories: Evoking Emotion in Your Characters will instruct you in the how-tos of writing stories with meaning and purpose about family that can last forever.

We tell our family stories for ourselves, for our future generations, and for others outside our family. These stories connect the past to our present and to the future. Our stories and what we learn from them honors and respects our ancestors and us. They can awaken us and future generations to our potential. They can be transformative. For our family stories to be effective, however, they must not only tell a tale but express the important values, blunders, wishes, hopes, disappointments, and triumphs common to all humanity. And to convey the truth of humanity, our characters must express real emotion.

This engaging 90-minute virtual writing workshop will be presented online through Zoom. The workshop will cover both the basics of story and the importance of genuine emotion in stories. It will also examine how writers achieve success in creating human emotion in contrast to why writers sometimes fail in this essential endeavor. Ample illustrations will be provided, some from Susan's novel, Bells for Eli, and participants will be given writing prompts with time to write, followed by real-time feedback.

Susan Beckham Zurenda taught English for thirty-three years and now works as a book publicist for Magic Time Literary Publicity. A recipient of several regional awards for her fiction, including The South Carolina Fiction Project, The Porter Fleming Literary Competition, and The Southern Writers Symposium, she has also published numerous stories and nonfiction pieces in literary journals. Published by Mercer University Press, Bells for Eli is her first novel. She lives in Spartanburg, South Carolina. Learn more at www.susanzurenda.com.

"Susan Zurenda was a delightful teacher. She created practical yet thought-provoking techniques that I found incredibly helpful for delving deeper into the human condition and world of emotions. Susan is a thorough teacher. She left no question or writing concern unanswered. I found her class organized and very on point."--Jessica D.

"Fantastic workshop. I really liked the material from the book [Bells for Eli] Susan used for writing prompts."--Linda R.

"I learned so much in 90 minutes. The workshop was not intimidating. In fact, it was relaxed and friendly."--Mary Ellen V.


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Beaufort, SC 29902
United States


Arts > Literary

Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: Yes!
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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