Hearts Through History Romance Writers

Take Your Characters From Flat to Fabulous: Creating Characters Your Readers Will Love – Apr ’24

$15.00$25.00

Instructor: Cynthia Owens
Start Date: Monday, April 1, 2024
End Date: Friday, April 26, 2024
Type: Online
Duration: 4 Weeks
USD Fee: $15 HHRW Members/$25 Non-Members

“Ray Bradbury once said: “Plot is no more than footprints left in the snow after your characters have run by on their way to incredible destinations.” This quote is the nucleus of this workshop.
In Take Your Characters From Flat to Fabulous: Creating Characters Your Readers Will Love, you’ll learn how to take a character from a flat, formless idea to a living, breathing, three-dimensional person that readers can root for, care about, and fall in love with.
Topics covered in this workshop include the basics of creating character, as well as their backstory. We’ll also examine how body language can define what your character is feeling and thinking—and what he might want to hide. The place your character lives helps define him, so we’ll look at settings. And what’s a story without dialogue? We examine how dialogue, dialect, and accents can make your character real.
Idiosyncrasies make your character memorable, so we’ll look at what habits your characters might have. We’ll also look at clothes, and how they reflect your character’s personality, and I’ll show you how your character’s actions and others’ reactions to them reveal character. And of course, we’ll study the goals and motivations of your characters.
As a special added bonus, we’ll look at what I call the Supporting Cast—secondary characters and how to use them.

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About the Instructor:

“I believe I was destined to be interested in history. One of my distant ancestors, Thomas Aubert, reportedly sailed up the St. Lawrence River to discover Canada some 26 years before Jacques Cartier’s 1534 voyage. Another relative was a 17thCentury “King’s Girl,” one of a group of young unmarried girls sent to New France (now the province of Quebec) as brides for the habitants (settlers) there.

My passion for reading made me long to write books like the ones I enjoyed, and I tried penning sequels to my favorite Nancy Drew mysteries. Later, fancying myself a female version of Andrew Lloyd Weber, I drafted a musical set in Paris during WWII.

~ Cynthia Owens

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