Emotion and Suspense in Theatre,
Poetry, and (Non)Fiction
Saturday December 3 * 10 am – 1 pm
Cambridge Center for Adult Education
42 Brattle St, Cambridge, MA 02138
Plato argues that human behavior flows from three main sources: desire, emotion, and knowledge. And before staging Kalidasa’s The Recognition of Śākuntalā, the director challenges his actress-lover: “As though in a painting, the entire audience has had their emotion colored through your melody. So now—what shall we perform to sustain the mood?” In this class, we will explore how creating vivid emotional worlds between characters and within storylines can build suspense, sustain drama, and lure the reader deeper in. If you’re currently working on a short story, novel, screenplay, theatrical play, lyrical essay, memoir, or narrative poem which has a unique emotional landscape, come stop by the CCAE for the next Cambridge Writers’ Workshop craft of writing seminar led by Rita Banerjee. To register, please sign up at the Cambridge Center for Adult Education. Workshop Fee: $40. More info about the workshop series available at Cambridge Writers’ Workshop.