NaNo Prep 2022: The Friend, The Lover, and The Enemy – Mastering Key Relationship Arcs

The Friend, The Lover, and The Enemy

When: October 22nd, 2022 | 9AM – 4PM Pacific
Where: Online via Zoom video conference
Price: $125
Scholarships Available

Join bestselling and award-winning author Piper J. Drake for an exploration into the relationships between principal characters and how those relationship arcs can be developed into dynamic and evolving connections to engage readers and drive plot forward.

Piper will guide the class through the process of defining and developing multi-faceted relationships between characters that create tension, weave plot lines, and deepen character development.

This is an all-day workshop that will start with a presentation of the concepts with plenty of exercises and time for questions. The second half of the workshop is interactive, taking the class on a deep dive into the relationships between proposed characters and live discussion on how to build tension and drive plot by developing those relationships on the page and captivating the reader. The workshop will be from 9 AM – 4 PM Pacific, with at least one break in between.

You’ll leave armed with tools and a set of exercises to dive into NaNoWriMo ready to bring characters and their relationships to life. This workshop is for writers of all skill levels, writing in any genre.

Who Should Take This Workshop?

Writers of all genres — Literary, YA, Middle Grade, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Children’s Books, Romance — and narrative mediums — Prose, Playwriting, Screenwriting, and Graphic Novels, from newbie to professional. You can join this workshop whether you’re participating in National Novel Writing Month or not.


Zoom meetings software is compatible with standard screen readers and has several other accessibility features that make it possible for writers who are Blind or vision impaired to participate in the webinar. 

Because we will use breakout rooms, closed captions (auto-generated by will be available, though only for students in one workshop group. If you need captions, you’ll have an opportunity to let us know before the workshop begins.

Technical Requirements

Zoom video conferencing works on computers, tablets, and most smartphones. We suggest you access the workshop via a computer for the best experience. Before enrolling, make sure your computer or mobile device is compatible with Zoom. To do that, load the app on your system and join this test meeting.

Webcams are not necessary, microphones are.

Full and Partial Scholarship Opportunities

A small number of scholarships are available. If you do not have the financial means to pay for all or part of the registration cost for the workshop, we encourage you to apply.  We have a broad definition of financial need that ranges from writers who do not have the money at all to writers who have the funds but can’t afford to use them for a writing class. We especially encourage writers who have been financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic to apply. Wherever you exist on the financial needs spectrum, don’t self reject! (Still not sure whether you should apply? Read this post.)

Additionally, in acknowledgment of the difficulty Palestinian writers may have in accessing resources and the obstacles their voices face in being heard, we have set aside scholarship spots specifically for writers of Palestinian heritage.

IMPORTANT: We set aside scholarship spots ahead of opening registration. Even if the workshop sells out before the deadline, scholarship spots are still reserved. If you plan to apply for a scholarship you do not need to register below.

If you can afford to pay for part but not all of the registration fee, please apply for a partial scholarship. Under this financial aid plan you can let us know the amount you can afford. If you cannot afford to pay at all, please apply for a full scholarship. 

To apply, please fill out this form. You’ll be asked to provide:

  • A brief (300 or fewer words) statement of financial need.
  • A brief (500 or fewer words) description of a work or works you hope the workshop will help you with.
  • If you customarily identify as POC, BIPOC, BAME, or Palestinian, you may indicate that if you wish.

Deadline: 11:59PM Pacific October 2, 2021. We will notify all applicants of their standing by October 4. If you have any questions, please use our contact form to ask!

Refund Policy

If you find that you need to drop the workshop, you may do so by requesting a refund via Eventbrite.

If you drop by October 7, you will receive a full refund minus a service fee.

If you drop on October 8 or after you will not have your registration fee refunded. However, you will get a copy of the exercises and a credit applied toward a future course.

Register Below

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