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Empathy Over Experience: Writing Convincingly from Someone Else’s Shoes

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Empathy Over Experience: Writing Convincingly from Someone Else’s Shoes

  • Schuler Books & Music 2820 Towne Center Blvd. Lansing, MI 48912 (map)


Writing only from one's own limited experience can result in some colossally pedestrian stories. It's the kind of advice that causes writers to yearn for a crippling heartbreak, a lengthy deployment in a war-torn country, or addiction to some terrible habit that will eventually destroy them. Wait, what? You don't want to experience those things? Then how will you write about them?  Simple. You employ the greatest skill that any writer can have: empathy. This workshop offers tips and techniques that writers can cultivate in order to tell the stories that are outside of their own realm of experience.


ERIN BARTELS is a copywriter and editor by day, a novelist by night, and too many other things in between. She has been a finalist for both the 2015 Rising Star Award from the Women’s Fiction Writers Association and The Saturday Evening Post 2014 Great American Fiction Contest. She is the author of This Elegant Ruin: and other stories and The Intentional Writer and is represented by Nephele Tempest of The Knight Agency. Her debut novel is scheduled to release in January 2019 from Revell Books. Find her at, on Facebook, or on Twitter @ErinLBartels.

Earlier Event: July 22
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Later Event: August 5
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