Class: Emotional Impact: How to Punch ‘Em in the Feelz

Instructor: José Pablo Iriarte

Next class date is Sunday, December 20, 2020, 9:30-11:30 AM Pacific Time. Class is currently full; you can reserve a space on the waitlist in case of cancellations.

Great fiction can make you cry, cringe, rejoice, and above all feel the emotions the author wants you to feel. How do you go about putting more emotion in your fiction without overwhelming or overwriting? How do you avoid being too manipulative—or is that even possible when the writer’s skillful enough? 

Participants will learn: 1) The role of the B story in creating emotional resonance for the events of the A story, 2) How theme interacts with the emotional heart of a story, and 3) The difference between evoking emotions and merely supplying them. Participants will also learn specific concrete storycraft and wordcraft techniques that can prime readers to feel what the author wants them to feel. 


Classes are limited to 15 students. They are taught online and require reliable Internet connection, although in the past participants have logged on from coffee shops, cafes, and even an airplane; a webcam is suggested but not required. Classes are recorded for the benefit of class members only.

Cost is $99 ($79 for returning students and Patreon supporters, which includes classes/workshops with me in other venues, such as conference or convention workshops and mentoring sessions).

To register for this class, send an email with the following details:

  • Which class or classes and the dates you would like to register
  • Whether you would prefer to pay via Paypal, Venmo, or some other means.
  • Whether or not you are a former student or Patreon supporter
  • How you heard about Cat’s classes

You will be invoiced when the class slot is reserved.

Free scholarships: If you cannot afford a class but really want to take one, apply for a Plunkett Scholarship. Each class has three slots reserved for such students, and the sole criteria is only that you can’t currently afford the class. To apply for a Plunkett, which covers the entire cost,mail me and tell me why you want to take the class in 100 words or less. QUILTBAG and PoC candidates are especially encouraged to apply. The Plunkett Scholarships are named for Edward Plunkett, who wrote as Lord Dunsany. Scholarships are given out on a rolling basis; I suggest getting them in sooner rather than later. You may apply for multiple classes.

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