When: October 10, 2021 | 10AM – 5PM Pacific
Where: Online via Zoom video conference
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.
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.
This workshop is part of our NaNo Prep series. Sign up for one and get a discount code for 20% off the others!
- Who Should Take This Workshop?
- Technical Requirements
- Full and Partial Scholarship Opportunities
- Refund Policy
- NaNo Prep Series
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.
The workshop will run from 10AM to 5PM Pacific Time (click here to convert to your time zone) on this schedule:
Session 1: 10am – 1pm
Break: 1pm – 2pm
Session 2: 2pm – 5pm
The schedule is subject to minor changes.
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 Rev.com) 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.
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.
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!
If you find that you need to drop the workshop, you may do so by requesting a refund via Eventbrite.
If you drop by September 26, you will receive a full refund minus a service fee.
If you drop on September 27 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.
This workshop is part of our NaNo Prep series alongside a Worldbuilding Workshop and a Character Workshop. Sign up for one and get a discount code for 20% off that you can use on one or both of the other workshops.