Writing with Splash: Enriching Your Writing with Sensory Language with Joan Koster

Craft Writing with Splash: Enriching Your Writing with Sensory Language with Joan Koster

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Class Length
4 Weeks
Did you know that there are 7 senses? Or wait is that 8? At any rate, no matter how many there are, a great writer uses ALL of them in EVERY place possible in their writing.

In this course, you will learn about our senses, how they work, and when, where and how to use them in your current WIP to set the scene, deepen emotion, and spark up action. Many resources for describing sensory elements will be provided.

We will cover:
  • Our Senses - How they work and why writers can't leave them out
  • The Magic of Touch
  • Scents, Aromas, and Stinks
  • Tasting the World
  • Listening for It
  • So Much to See
  • Finding Our Balance
  • Sensory Soup: Examples and cautions
  • Going Beyond: Extrasensory Madness

Course Bonus: Every participant in this workshop will receive a critique of one chapter or 3000
words of their WIP, with special attention to the use of sensory language.
Class Format
Savvy Authors' workshops are held on a forum: a bulletin board based system. You will receive a reminder notice one day prior to the start of the workshop that includes instructions on how to access the workshop forum. If you have not received instructions by the day the workshop begins, please check your spam filter.

The forum will be available the morning (EST) of the day the workshop starts and will remain accessible to all participants thereafter. You will also be given simple instructions on how to create a PDF of all your discussions along with our privacy and data retention policy.
joan koster
Start date
Apr 15, 2024 at 9:00 AM
End date
May 13, 2024 at 12:50 AM
Registration end date
Apr 18, 2024 at 12:50 AM
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This is my second class from Joan. I love her teaching style. It doesn't feel like a lecture, but rather a conversation. I learned so much about the senses and also when to use sensory descriptions. I also learned how to use sensory descriptions in effective ways. Joan's assignments are tailored to the lesson and are simple, yet instructive. She gives great feedback, both constructive and kind.
This class was excellent. It gave me ideas on where and how to add sensory elements and also made me pay attention to the places I had already written them.
Fantastic in-depth yet applicable knowledge of our seven senses and how to then take this knowledge and apply it to our writing at the line level. I was somewhat disappointed that examples of integrating the seven senses from printed books were taken from such a narrow genre cross-section of books. I do not write genre romance or speculative fiction, and I would've liked to have seen how acclaimed authors from a wide variety of genres are integrating the seven senses into their work in not just commercial writing, but literary and upmarket fiction as well.