Writer's Workshop: Barbara Claypole White

Excavating Characters’ Emotional Lives

A novel is a sequence of events, right? Technically, yes, but it’s really about how the characters respond to the challenges of those events. As problems escalate and get messy, readers connect with a story because they care about the characters; they want to cry, laugh, and cheer as characters face and overcome hurdles. What drives characters’ actions, or reactions? Fear, need, love, hate, etc. This means that to write a thumping good story, you must excavate your characters’ emotional lives.

In this two-hour workshop we’re going to be discussing techniques and exercises to help you achieve that goal. Bring your work-in-progress or just your imagination, and I’ll provide the handouts. Laptops or a pen and paper are a must; beginning writers are welcome.


This workshop is for teens and older.

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Event date: 
Sunday, March 25, 2018 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Event address: 
415 S Brooks Street
Suite B
Wake Forest, NC 27587