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I’ve been asked in Agent Interviews before what really draws me into a story. The one thing that makes me request more pages from an author. I’ve even mentioned in my submission wishlists what I’m really looking for. And it all comes down to compelling characters.
When I look at the books that have moved me the most, it’s those with unforgettable characters accomplishing amazing things. And I will be the first to admit I ship book boyfriends hard core, from Jace Wayland and Will Herondale to Jon Snow and Gilbert Blythe and James Malcolm MacKenzie Fraser.
So how do you create compelling characters? How do you breathe life into heroes and heroines that readers fall in love with, root for, scream at and cry with? And how do you create a seamless plot that makes agents and editors take notice?
I am offering an online workshop to help you create just those types of characters. And more. Because it’s more than just filling out a twenty page questionaire; it’s creating three dimensional adversaries and secondary characters that pit against and uplift your main characters. It’s creating heroes and heroines that move the plot and the plot moving them. It’s learning how to fit the right flaws and positive traits that work for and against your characters. It’s learning how to take certain characteristics and embed that into body language and dialogue.
If you are interested in taking the online class, here’s the quick run down:
Date: July 20 – July 31
Cost: $40 for the workshop; Additional $10 for a bonus first 10 page critique
What you get: Two weeks in the Haiku Learning Site, with daily lessons, discussion boards, craft tools, the opportunity to critique your fellow classmates’ character sketches, synopsis and/or beat sheet. I will provide each class member a critique of these things as well.
Bonus: If you have your first pages ready, you can sign up for an additional $10 and receive a personal critique from me on those pages.
This is an opportunity to build characters for an in-progress work or a completed work or even an idea you have.
If you have more questions, feel free to drop me a line through the website’s contact form HERE.
You can register with this FORM and once I receive your registration I will email you further information, such as payment instructions.
Invitations to the Haiku Learning Site will be sent to all classmates prior to the first day of the workshop.