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Special Event

Character Motivation - Workshop



Thursday September 21, 2023

interactive zoom call

*** one day only ***

8pm ET


Does NOT include access to:

monthly membership

"Much Ado About Writing" program

Calling all fiction writers!

Calling all fiction writers! Do your scenes fly by or drag? Does your setting invite readers to interact with it? Have you given voice to your characters? Not sure?


If you're serious about refining your pages, join us for a new topic on how to hone your craft of writing. September's topic is character motivation.

This workshop is for you if you've had feedback on your pages for any of the following:

  1. I don’t get why your character does [whatever they do]

  2. I don’t believe your character would act that way in this situation

  3. Your plot feels contrived or relies too heavily on coincidence(s)

  4. The character/story reads or feels flat

In this hour-long workshop, we will guide you through a way to evaluate whether your character's motivation is lacking in any way, and how to fix it. Participants in the call can jump in the hot seat for feedback on their character motivation and goals.


Here's what you need: 

  • A place to write notes

  • Curiosity and a willingness to look at your work through a fresh lens


Come away with specific techniques for strengthening character motivation. Don’t miss this opportunity to level-up your craft!


Thursday, September 21st, 2023 

8pm ET

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Previous Events

  • opening scenes

  • promises writers make to their readers

  • PB author interview: Samantha Gassman

  • Expert talk: NetGalley

  • characters

  • Women's Fiction author: CJ Connolly

  • Expert talk: enneagrams (Lauri Lumby)

  • POV

  • Speculative Fiction author: Kay Chronister

  • Expert talk: marketing (AuthorBuzz and KidsBuzz)

  • Show and Tell ***

  • MG author: Megan Reyes

  • Novel-in-Verse author: Meg Eden Kuyatt

  • Expert talk: twitter contests (Krista van Dolzer)

  • dialogue ***

  • MG author: Matt McMann

  • Expert talk: sensitivity reader (October Santerelli)

  • modes of discourse ***

  • Romance author: Kyla Zhao

  • pacing ***

  • Expert talk: Work for Hire (Elizabeth Pagel-Hogan)

  • antagonists ***

  • Expert talk: Query Tracker (Patrick McDonald)

  • internal and external character goals 

  • more events coming monthly

*** indicates this topic was offered as two events 1) teaching webinar, 2) interactive workshop

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