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A writer can be trapped by their own sensory preferences or they can

use it to create unique characters and believable conflict.

March 7 - 25, 2011

Power of the Senses: Enhancing Author's Voice, Characterization, and


by Bill Haggart


Non-members $20; Elements Members $12

To register for this workshop, click here.

Description: Each of us have our own unique way of learning, and

part of that style involves which senses we favor in experiencing the

world—even how we write and how we love. Everyone prefers one sense

over the other four: Kinesthetic, Tactual, Auditory, and Visual.

Those preferences shape a writer’s voice, brand, writing processes as

well as the characters they create. How their novel's conflict and

romance develops depends on how their characters learn. In this

interactive workshop, Participants will:

1. Identify their own sensory preferences with a short profile,

discovering how sensory preferences affect their behavior. This

includes their own writing processes.

2. Explore how sensory preferences influence a writer’s voice and Brand.

As romance writer Virginia Kendra observes: “This is part of author

voice. Our choices of significant, specific details awaken our

readers to what it is we see” —or hear, feel or do. Our choices

depend in part on our preferences. We will examine the writing of

well-know authors to illustrate this aspect of the author's voice, as

well as developing your unique brand.

3. Examine how sensory preferences can help a writer decide how to

use the senses, actually deepening a character's POV. Julia Ross

observed, “Even when a scene is deeply emotional and full of sensory

input, it’s often more powerful to limit the character’s awareness to

just one or two senses at a time.” Sensory Preferences reveals

these sense choices naturally, enhancing characterization.

Participants will practice creating distinctive characters and deep

POVs with learning styles.

4. Learn how to differentiate Author Voice from the characters' POV.

This includes all aspects of their novel, from first meet, attraction

and learning to love, conflict, sexual desire and satisfaction, as

well as how conflict is resolved.

5. Explore how sensory preferences can enhance believable conflict.

Any conflict begins with the senses. Examples will demonstrate what

readers know intuitively—the simplest things count. Including

learning preferences can make conflicts between characters far more

real and dynamic. Throughout the course, activities will be provided

for writers to practice with the methods offered, including feedback

from the instructor.

Bio: Bill Haggart has been an educator for over thirty years. He has

been a teacher, an educational trainer, consultant and executive

with a national training company. He now heads up his own consulting

business, Insights & Innovations. He has presented to over 180,000

educators nationwide and worked with over 400 schools and

organizations. He is the creator of the Kaleidoscope Profiles, a

popular learning styles inventory. He is also the author of several

educational books and articles. He has been a member of RWA since

1998, as well as a terrific local group, the Sacramento Valley Rose.

He has won and placed in nearly a dozen contests such as 'The Molly'

and 'Suzannah' and "The Merritt" with both his contemporary, time-

travel and Regency novels. A member of the Beau Monde since 2000,

Bill presented at their conference in New York in 2002 and 2006. This

workshop, “The Power of the Senses; Enhancing Author's Voice,

Characterization, and Conflict” has been well-received by several

writing groups, including The Sacramento Valley Rose. A history

major, he particularly loves the Napoleonic war period and the

Regency. He began reading historical romances decades ago, and

finally decided to write them, after being encouraged by Joy, his

partner and heroine for the last thirty-eight years. She is also a

fantastic teacher. Bill has two terrific sons, Sean and Cory. Sean is

an engineer at the Jet Propulsion Laboratories in Pasadena, CA. The

Mars Rovers have parts created by him. Cory is a marketing and public

relations consultant in Ottawa, Canada. He critiques all of his

father’s manuscripts. They both are models for my heroes. The real

homeowners, an Australian Shepard mix named Nikki and a feline,

Kitty, also are inspirations for characters in his books.

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