“I’d like to have at my disposal complicated hybrid emotions, Germanic train-car constructions like, say, “the happiness that attends disaster.” Or: “the disappointment of sleeping with one’s fantasy.” I’d like to show how “intimations of mortality brought on by aging family members” connects with “the hatred of mirrors that begins in middle age.” I’d like to have a word for “the sadness inspired by failing restaurants” as well as for “the excitement of getting a room with a minibar.” I’ve never had the right words to describe my life, and now that I’ve entered my story, I need them more than ever.”
― Jeffrey Eugenides, Middlesex
In this Masterclass, Laura Kaye will be exploring the flow of sensory details that paint emotion in writing. She will demonstrate how emotions can engage the reader and carry them along in your writing, allowing them to feel with the characters rather than just observing those feelings. After a discussion of works that participants have found particularly emotionally affecting, Laura will lead a series of practical exercises focussing on finding emotion in the landscape, objects, and the body. Participants will analyse a selection of readings in terms of effective emotional engagement. The morning session will culminate in a discussion of the material and a Q&A session with Laura.
Taking inspiration from the morning’s activities, MIROnline Managing Editors, Peter and Melanie, will be running small group writing workshops. These workshops will focus on producing, polishing, and critiquing a piece of writing and all participants will leave with a developed piece of work.
Tickets cost £20. However, five complimentary tickets are reserved for people on a low income who would not otherwise be able to attend. To apply for a complimentary ticket please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org explaining your circumstances. Tickets will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. Any information provided to support an application is confidential and will be deleted after the event.