February 20th Program

Using Emotions to Create Characters Readers Will Love or Hate, But Won’t Forget.



Mary Marvella


Mary Marvella has been a storyteller for as long as she can remember. The arrival of the book mobile excited her more than the ice cream truck did.
Retired from teaching classic literature, Mary plays let’s pretend with her characters. She has published 10 novels, 1 book on editing, and a collection of Christmas stories.
Mary tutors, coaches writers, and is a freelance editor.

Mary taught workshops for M&M, EMACW, Savvy Authors, Hearts through History, FF&P, ORI, & The Southern Pen.


This workshop will show ways to involve readers, using details that evoke emotions. We’ll look at scenes that make us feel love, anger, fear, or sympathy. We’ll combine showing vs telling with developing empathy with characters to keep them in our memories after we read “the End”. These heroines, heroines, and villains have that “special something” that makes us love or dislike them.

Programing Note:

Due to the current pandemic situation, we have moved our monthly meetings online using Zoom. An invitation will be announced to our members in good standing each month via the RWA forum. The meetings will open at 9:30 a.m. for technical assistance and the program itself will begin at 10:00 a.m.