Seize the Reader: Writing for Emotional Impact

Online On Demand | Novels
Imagine your reader cemented in place by your story, unable to move until they reach the end. Imagine your reader racing to place your book into the hands of the nearest person exclaiming “You’ve got to read this!” This on-demand course is designed to give you tools and knowledge to create an emotionally impactful novel.

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$129

Overview

Online, On-Demand Self-Paced Course

  • Included are 4 pre-recorded online sessions you can access on-demand for up to 6 months from the date of your registration

Imagine your reader cemented in place by your story, unable to move until they reach the end. Imagine your reader racing to place your book into the hands of the nearest person exclaiming “You’ve got to read this!”  This on-demand course is designed to give you tools and knowledge to create an emotionally impactful novel.

Why This Course?

No doubt about it, the novels we love best stir strong emotions. In this workshop, you’ll explore ways of crafting stories for kids that provoke intense feelings (tension, empathy, awe): in other words, fiction that resonates. Some of the questions that will be explored in depth are:

  • How do we create an emotional connection to the reader through characterization, plot, language, and pacing?
  • How can we prevent the avoidance of conflict and instead bravely mine the truth?
  • How do we provide an ending that causes the reader to close the book with a satisfied sigh (or better yet tears) and then want to read it all over again?

Feedback Expected

  • No formal feedback will be offered.
  • Private critique and coaching services with Jennifer Jacobson are available and can be arranged separately for an additional fee.

It’s a Great Fit If…

  • Your are a novelist looking to add depth to your current work-in-progress. This course will show you how to provide emotional resonance within your novel.
  • You’ve jotted down ideas for a novel but can’t get your story off the ground. Lectures will provide ideas as well as writing prompts to help further your understanding of your idea and get words on the page.
  • You are writing a novel. From those just starting out on a new project to those seeking momentum in finishing and revising, Jennifer Jacobson’s lectures are meant to inspire and spark ideas for your work.
  • You need a workshop you can complete at your own pace. You can work through the lessons individually and join monthly office hours to ask questions and engage with your writer community.

Detailed Agenda

You will have access to this course for 6 months from your registration. It’s designed to be completed at your own pace. Four approximately hour-long recorded; interactive sessions include:

Session One: Desire

What invites readers to fully participate in the experience of your protagonist? Desire. Giving your character a burning desire — in fact, two desires (an exterior desire and an interior need) — allows readers to enter the fictitious dream. It sounds easy, right? Actually, most of us discover that establishing and sustaining taut desire lines is one of the greatest challenges of writing a novel.

Session Two: Density

William Sloane wrote: “Writing is not a matter of a single, simple progression, with each sentence making only one point. Every paragraph, every sentence is related to the entire rest of the book…By ‘entire rest of the book’ I mean what is to come as well as what has gone before.” In this session, you will explore ways of fusing your work with meaning to create greater density and poignance.

Session Three: Dopamine

Dopamine is the chemical in our bodies that causes us to want more, more, more. Considering dopamine and the need for consistent micro-tension keeps the reader wanting more, more, more as well.

Session Four: Derring-Do

By the end of the story, our protagonists have stared down their greatest fear and in doing so, transformed their perception of themselves and the world. Problem is, our protagonist’s fears start to look a lot like our own. How do we show up, stay in place, and write the most truthful stories – those that move others to feel their own truths?

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Commitment Required for the Best Experience

You can work through these workshop sessions at your own pace, and you’ll have six months from the date of your registration to do so.

How It Impacts Kids

Our readers want to connect deeply with their stories; as authors, it is our job to deliver the kind of reading experience that will make this happen. This course will examine a reader’s wants and needs so that you can develop a story they love.

Testimonials from Our Community

I loved this workshop. Dear writer, it will serve you well.

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