Fall Craft Intensive: Hilary Leichter


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Catching Feelings: Finding Emotion in Fiction with Hilary Leicther
Sunday, September 24
11 AM  – 2 PM PST / 2 – 5 PM EST

When a work of fiction makes us “feel” something, where do those feelings come from? What does it mean to be moved by a work of art, and where (or what) are we moved to? As writers, do we dare attempt to produce emotion in a reader? And how do we do it? In this generative class, we’ll explore the mystery of fictional feeling, and attempt to locate it, follow it, and learn its tendencies. Participants will discuss short readings, complete prompts and exercises, and explore various strategies—from humor, to dramatic shifts in perspective, to an unexpected word choice—for affecting the reader. We will speak frankly about the instance when literature breaks through into lived experience, a phenomenon that could perhaps be called a moment of truth.

The scholarship for this craft intensive has already been awarded.

BIO: Hilary Leichter is the author of the novels Temporary and Terrace Story. She has been a finalist for The Center for Fiction First Novel Prize, the New York Public Library Young Lions Fiction Prize, and her work in Harper’s Magazine won the 2021 National Magazine Award in Fiction. She teaches at Columbia University and lives in Brooklyn, NY.