International Women's Writing Guild
Friday Free Write with Marj Hahne
Expressing Emotion in Your Writing Without, Well, Emoting
T.S. Eliot contended that “[t]he only way of expressing emotion in the form of art is by finding an ‘objective correlative’; … a set of objects, a situation, a chain of events which shall be the formula of that particular emotion; such that when the external facts, which must terminate in sensory experience, are given, the emotion is immediately evoked” in the reader. In our hour together, we’ll discuss some sample pieces that demonstrate this concept and then practice crafting a scene, vignette, or poem that combines the right images and sensory details to create the intended emotion.
Marj Hahne is a freelance editor, writer, and writing teacher, and a 2015 MFA graduate from the Rainier Writing Workshop, with a concentration in poetry. She has performed and taught at over 100 venues around the country, as well as been featured on public radio and television programs. Her poems have appeared in literary journals, anthologies, art exhibits, and dance performances. Committed to making poetry hospitable for everyone, she launched a YouTube channel featuring videos in which she reads poems to dogs (BARK & BARD) and pairs poems with craft beers (MASH), craft spirits (DISTILL), and coffees (PO JOE).
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