The Mount (2 Plunkett St., Lenox, MA 01240)
Jacqueline Sheehan will offer a daylong novel-writing workshop in Edith Wharton’s historic home.
Skilled storytellers understand the importance of capturing the emotional nuances that drive narratives and bring characters to life, Sheehan says. The most memorable characters are driven by powerful forces of motivation that won’t let them rest and keep readers turning the pages.
In this one day workshop, writers will create more compelling characters by revealing their fears, desires, and dreams with authentic detail. A writer does not have to become a psychologist, but a writer can learn to make use of psychological foundations to understand and challenge their characters.
Through exercises, examples, writing and feedback, the group will consider how to enhance emotion and story with powerful sensory images and specific detail.
Jacqueline Sheehan, Ph.D., is a New York Times Bestselling author. She is also a psychologist. Her novels include, The Comet’s Tale a novel about Sojourner Truth, Lost & Found, Now & Then, and Picture This, The Center of the World, and The Tiger in the House. She writes NPR commentaries, travel articles, and essays including the New York Times column, Modern Love. She edited the anthology, Women Writing in Prison.
Jacqueline has been a fellow at Hawthornden Castle in Scotland, Jentel Arts Colony in Wyoming, and at Turkey Land Cove on Martha’s Vineyard. She teaches writing workshops in Jamaica, Guatemala, Wales, Ireland, Czech Republic and Scotland.