Heartwarming, Chills up the Back of the Neck, Happiness,  Good Feelings,  Positive Experiences and The Science of Connecting and Connection

There's been an explosive emergence of scientific understanding of happiness, good feelings, positive experiences, and the good feelings, including heartwarming, heart-touching glows and chills up the back of the neck, also called frissons.


This workshop will walk you through the anatomy of positive experience. Positive experiences have a before, during and after. Understanding the anatomy of positive experiences can help you to create more powerful character experiences and character arcs. Applying a similar concept to connection will help you build stronger relationships between your characters and stronger empathy between your audience and your characters and story. There's a science to this that I learned from a Nobel prize winning primatologist.


The workshop will explore the varieties of chills, warm hearts, tingles up the spine and glows-- feelings that the best stories evoke.


Of course smiling is a part of good experiences. There are all kinds of smiles-- some real, some fake, some really fun, including smiles that are not even on the face. Great actors know how to express them. This talk will give you tools for writing about them. This presentation will be helpful to for fiction and non-fiction writers.



Rob Kall ( founded and organized the Storycon Summit Meeting on the Art, Science and Application of Story—the first conference to bring together people from all the worlds of story. He also organized the world’s first positive psychology conference.


He’s the author of the book The Bottom-up Revolution: Mastering the Emerging World of Connectivity (Beaufort Books May 22, 2019, distributed by Midpoint.)


Rob has hosted his Bottom-up Radio show, broadcast on Pacifica Radio Network and Progressive Radio Network, for 11 years, and has interviewed over 450 leading thinkers about bottom-up, from Twitter founder Jack Dorsey and Craigslist founder Craig Newmark to Chris Vogler, author of The Writer's Journey, Donald Maas, Linda Seger, Stephen Barnes,  Jonathan Maberry, Pamela Jaye Smith, Daniel Quinn, author of Ishmael and Beyond Civilization, Nobel Prize winner Franz de Waal, Bernie Sanders, Producer Michael Medavoy, and Arianna Huffington.


Rob also founded and published, a community news and opinion site where over 100,000 articles have been published.


He's presented on Bottom-up and Top-down Thinking about Story at Story Expo 2018. 


Rob has  presented on his ideas on Heartwarming, Positive Experiences, and related material at numerous national conferences, including the USA and Canadian national Positive Psychology conferences.

Amazing Weekend

For Writers In All

Medium of Story