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Plato argues that human behavior flows from three main sources: desire, emotion, and knowledge. And before staging Kalidasa’s The Recognition of Śākuntalā, the director challenges his actress-lover: “As though in a painting, the entire audience has had their emotion colored through your melody. So now—what shall we perform to sustain the mood?” In this class, we will explore how creating vivid emotional worlds between characters and within storylines can build suspense, sustain drama, and lure the reader deeper in. If you’re currently working on a short story, novel, screenplay, theatrical play, lyrical essay, memoir, or narrative poem which has a unique emotional landscape, come stop by the Ruth Stone House for our next online creative writing workshop led by Rita Banerjee on October 3 and October 10. Students will read Rita Banerjee’s article, “Emotion and Suspense: The Essence of Rasa Theory,” do in-class writing exercises centering rasa, emotion, and suspense, and share out their work with classmates.
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FInancial aid is applied for on a class by class basis. Not all classes offer financial aid. There is a limited amount of funding available, and aid is awarded in the order received.
This financial aid form is for:
The Ruth Stone House BIPOC Fellowship
Includes: Full tuition, Room and Board at the Inn for a BIPOC poet
Lucy Terry Prince Fellowship
Includes: Full tuition, Room & Board at the Inn for a Poet of Color living in Vermont, or with roots in Vermont
The James Tate Scholarship
Full tuition for a poet under the age of 40 (does not include Room & Board)
Award for $600 reduced tuition for a BIPOC poet.
Need-based scholarships awarded to poets of merit with expressed socioeconomic need