Events

International Women's Writing Guild, Yale University, New Haven, CT
June 22-25, 2012
See www.iwwg.org

DEVELOPING AUTHENTIC CHARACTERS
A compelling story requires compelling characters. The writer’s job is to craft them. This workshop delivers tools you can use immediately to create the character’s self-concept, explore her relationship with family members, give her a dynamic backstory, identify her hot buttons and learn how to press them. Using simple but powerful brainstorming exercises, we will build the connection between character and conflict, both internal and external. Discover why readers relate to a character who demonstrates valor over virtue. See firsthand how character leads to plot. Learn what really matters in a sex scene.

Women Writers and Artists Matrix
May 4,5,6, 2012, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY

THE CHARACTERS IN YOUR STORY: Go Beyond the Bio
Learn to create characters who can grow over the course of a novel. Decipher clues in body language, clothing, and facial gestures. Build the character’s family and unearth the makings of a dynamic backstory. Identify your characters’ hot buttons. Learn how to press them! Add more characters and watch a plot develop.