Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Emotional Storytelling Workshop

Date(s) - 10/09/2021
9:00 am - 10:30 am

Join Lorin Oberweger and your SCBWI peers for a small-group, interactive workshop designed for MG and YA writers. Strengthen the emotional arc of your character and the connection readers feel to your book.  
More than any other way to experience art, reading is a deeply empathetic experience. We read to FEEL, to experience an emotional journey on the part of a character who is able to right wrongs with which we also struggle or, at least, to which we can also relate. In this hands-on webinar, Lorin will take you through techniques to help you create a rich emotional experience for your reader. We’ll explore ways to anchor your story in a strong, keenly felt premise; craft an immersive viewpoint; bring real personality to your narrative voice; stir reader emotions with simple descriptive details, and much more.

This workshop is designed as an interactive virtual event. However, if you are unable to attend the live event, a recording will be sent by email to all registered participants on Sunday, October 10th.  

**In advance of this October workshop, find a passage from a novel or work of narrative nonfiction that you find particularly moving. Also, please identify the primary emotion your protagonist is feeling when the reader is first introduced to them. Bring this information to the workshop.


LORIN OBERWEGER is a highly sought-after independent book editor, ghostwriter, and award-winning author with more than twenty-five years of experience in publishing. In addition to the workshops produced by her company, Free Expressions, Lorin is a popular instructor at writing conferences around the country. She also has eight traditionally published books (five fiction, three nonfiction), including BOOMERANG, REBOUND, and BOUNCE, cowritten with Veronica Rossi under the name Noelle August. Her work has received glowing reviews from the New York Times, USA Today, Kirkus Reviews, and others. Most recently, she co-authored THANK YOU FOR COMING TO MY TED TALK with Chris Anderson, director of the renowned TED organization.