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.