FEBRUARY 15, 2020

Speaker: Tessa McFionn

Let’s Get Physical: How to Effectively Read Body Language to Create Realistic Character Interactions

Approximately 90% of all communications is nonverbal. So how do we as writers nail down that massive percentage with words alone?

  • Does everyone arch their eyebrow?
  • Are arms folded across the chest only in boredom?
  • And what about fights or other altercations?

In this workshop, you will learn about the basics of reading body language and go deeper into describing emotions based on physical movements and facial expressions. Be sure to bring a pencil and your thinking cap, as well as a willingness to get up and do a little moving about.


Best Western Seven Seas
411 Hotel Circle South
San Diego 92108
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$25for RWASD Members (paying by Tuesday, February 11th)
$30for Non-RWASD Members (must be over age 18) and member late registration (after Tuesday, February 11th)
$35for ALL at the door

Reserve a spot at the February 15th Meeting:

Please contact the RWA San Diego Chapter Meeting Coordinator ( if you’re paying by check or you have questions. Otherwise, simply pay by PayPal by filling out and submitting the registration form below once it opens on the First of the month.

Checks should be mailed to:

RWASD Chapter Meeting Coordinator
P O Box 711677
Santee, CA 92072-1677

Please make checks payable to RWASD. Checks are subject to our check return policy.

Member Discount Deadline:

Reservations and payments must be received by the Tuesday before the meeting, that is:

Tuesday, February 11th

*Members who fail to register by the due date will be charged at the Non-Member rate.

Refund policy:

Refunds for meeting registration are given until the Tuesday deadline. After that time, they are nonrefundable. Meeting fees are nontransferable.

Registration will open on the First of the Month.

Tessa McFionn

Tessa McFionn is a very native Californian and has called Southern California home for most of her life, growing up in San Diego and attending college in Northern California and Orange County, only to return to America’s Finest City to work as a teacher. Insatiably curious and imaginative, she loves to learn and discover, making her wicked knowledge of trivial facts an unwelcomed guest at many Trivial Pursuit boards.

She also feeds her artistic soul through her passions for theatre, dance and music. A dancer since age four, she has studied theatre and dance in college, dancing with college repertory companies as well as local companies and has performed Off-Broadway in a tap dance show. After stepping off the stage, she took up directing and choreographing, working on projects such as Peter Pan, Footloose, Grease, Into the Woods, Urinetown, Chicago, Bye Bye Birdie, The King and I, Kiss Me Kate and South Pacific to name a few. She has also created dance works in ballet, jazz, contemporary, modern, tap, hip-hop and Irish step dance.

When not in rehearsal, she enjoys trips to The Happiest Place on Earth with friends and family and her newly discovered love of hiking with her husband.

Meeting Agenda:

9:30 Doors Open/Check-in
9:30 Breakfast Buffet Opens
10:00 Chapter Business Meeting
10:30 Breakfast Buffet Ends
10:30 Program
12:00 Meeting Wrap-Up
12:30 Meeting Adjourned (if not before)