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Realer Than Real: Writing With All Five Senses - Michelle Wildgen, Susanna Daniel - <span class="date-display-single">10/13/2018 - 1:30pm</span>

Realer Than Real: Writing With All Five Senses

10/13/2018 - 1:30pm

Central Library - First Floor Conference Room

You can’t draw the reader into your world without first creating the world. Madison Writer's Studio founders Michelle Wildgen and Susanna Daniel present a workshop about sensory writing and how to use it in your fiction and nonfiction. We’ll help you pay closer attention to the world-building details you have at your disposal and discuss how to select the most effective and evocative ones. We’ll read brief excerpts to stimulate thinking about language and description, and we’ll discuss how the excerpts work and which words create which effects. Does a passage make us feel queasy or hungry, cozy or anxious? How did this mood affect the way we experienced the story? Finally, we’ll use prompts to get you thinking about all five senses. Participants will have time to write, and some of you will have time to share and discuss your work as well.


Registration is required for this event. Register online at http://host.evanced.info/madison/evanced/eventsignup.asp?ID=78376​.

Michelle Wildgen

About Presenter Michelle Wildgen


Michelle Wildgen is the author of the novels Bread and ButterYou’re Not You, and But Not For Long.  The film adaptation of You’re Not You, a New York Times’ Editor’s Choice and one of People Magazine’s Top Ten Books of 2006, stars Hilary Swank and Emmy Rossum and was produced by DiNovi Pictures and 2S Films. Wildgen’s work includes fiction, essays, reviews, and food writing. She is a freelance writer, editor, and teacher, and an executive editor at the literary magazine Tin House. She lives in Madison, Wisconsin.



Bread & Butter

Susanna Daniel

About Presenter Susanna Daniel


Author Susanna Daniel’s debut novel, Stiltsville, was awarded the PEN/Bingham prize for best debut work published in 2010, and her second novel, Sea Creatures, was named an Amazon Editors’ Top Pick of the Best Books of August, 2013.  Susanna was born and raised in Miami, Florida, where she spent much of her childhood at her family’s stilt house in Biscayne Bay.  Susanna is a co-founder, with author Michelle Wildgen, of the Madison Writers’ Studio. She is a graduate of Columbia University and the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and was a Carl Djerassi Fiction Fellow at the University of Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing. Her writing has been published in NewsweekSlateOne StoryEpoch, and elsewhere.  Susanna lives with her husband and two young sons in Madison, Wisconsin, where during the long winter she dreams of the sun and the sea, and of jumping off the stilt house porch at high tide.


Sea Creatures

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