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Donald Maass Workshop 2019

October 12, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

October 12 – Donald Maass Workshop 2019

Maryland Writers’ Association is pleased to offer an all-day workshop with Donald Maass on The Emotional Craft of Fiction. The workshop will be held at the Hilton BWI, on October 12, 2019 from 9 am to 5 pm.

MWA Member Registration NOW OPEN: $99
General Registration (available August 1): $135
Join MWA to secure your spot at member rates.

Donald Maass is founder and president of the Donald Maass Literary Agency in New York, which sells more than 150 novels every year to major publishers in the U.S. and overseas. He is the author of a number of books for writers including Writing the Breakout NovelThe Fire in Fiction, and The Emotional Craft of Fiction.


While writers might disagree over showing versus telling or plotting versus pantsing, none would argue this: If you want to write strong fiction, you must make your readers feel. The reader’s experience must be an emotional journey of its own, one as involving as your characters’ struggles, discoveries, and triumphs are for you.

That’s where The Emotional Craft of Fiction comes in. Veteran literary agent and expert fiction instructor Donald Maass shows you how to use story to provoke a visceral emotional experience in readers. Topics covered include:

  • emotional modes of writing
  • beyond showing versus telling
  • your story’s emotional world
  • moral stakes
  • connecting the inner and outer journeys
  • plot as emotional opportunities
  • invoking higher emotions, symbols, and emotional language
  • cascading change
  • story as emotional mirror
  • positive spirit and magnanimous writing
  • the hidden current that makes stories move

Readers can simply read a novel…or they can experience it. The Emotional Craft of Fiction shows you how to make that happen.

A deli buffet lunch will be provided. Those who need more detail can contact conference@marylandwriters.org.

MWA Member Registration NOW OPEN: $99
General Registration (available August 1): $135
Join MWA to secure your spot at member rates.

Refund Policy:
Through September 15: 75% Refund
Through September 30: 50% Refund
After September 30: No Refund


$99.00 Member Ticket

$135.00 General Registration


October 12, 2019
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Hilton Hotel BWI
1739 West Nursery Road
Linthicum, MD 21090 United States
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