The Friend, The Lover, and The Enemy – Mastering Key Relationship Arcs

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When: September 23rd, 2023 | 9AM – 4PM Pacific – (convert to your time zone)
Can’t make the live webinar? Register to get the recording after
Where: Online — Zoom Classroom
Price: $50 – $75
Scholarships Are Available!

Join bestselling and award-winning author Piper J. Drake for an exploration into the various relationships between principal characters and how the progression of those relationship arcs through the course of the story can 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 webinar 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 student-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 webinar will be from 9 AM – 4 PM Pacific, with multiple brief breaks as needed and one longer meal break.

You’ll leave Piper’s class with a toolkit to build unforgettable relationship arcs, and be ready to bring characters and their relationships to life. This workshop is for writers of all skill levels–writing in any genre–whether you are writing for long form fiction, TV screen, comics, or TTRPG.

Who Should Take This Webinar?

Writers of all genres — Literary, YA, Middle Grade, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Children’s Books, Romance — and all mediums — Prose, Playwriting, Screenwriting, Comics/Graphic Novels, Games — from all backgrounds and any skill level.


We use Zoom’s internal cloud recording tool to will record this webinar. All students who register will get a copy of this recording. If you can’t make the live webinar, you can register to get the recording afterwards.

This is a raw recording, meaning you’ll see the full webinar, including lectures, exercises, and questions from students in attendance. The recording will not be chapter marked or edited.

The video will be available for all students to download for a month after we send the link.


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. Questions will be submitted via the chat function.

Live closed captions will be available, auto-generated by The final version of the recorded webinar will have auto-generated closed captions available. Note: the accuracy of these captions varies, and for live webinars we do not edit them.

Technical Requirements

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

A webcam/video camera is not necessary for class because students won’t be on video. The Q&A will be text-only. You can call in via phone if audio isn’t working through your computer.

Scholarship Opportunities

We have full and partial Vonda N. McIntyre Sentient Squid Scholarships available for this webinar. If you do not have the financial means to pay for all or part of the registration cost, 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.)

Our scholarships are available to any writer regardless of background or identity. We set aside a portion of scholarships specifically for students who identify under the POC, BIPOC, or BAME umbrellas as well as for Palestinian writers/writers of Palestinian heritage, though we do not limit the number of scholarships we give to marginalized authors.

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 by 11:59PM Pacific September 2nd. 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 in progress that you hope the webinar will help you create.
  • If you identify as POC, BIPOC, BAME, or Palestinian, you may indicate that if you wish.

Deadline: 11:59PM Pacific September 2ndWe will notify all applicants of their standing two weeks before class begins. If you have any questions, please use our contact form to ask!

Refund Policy

We are not offering refunds for this webinar. If you purchase a ticket for the live session and are unable to make it, you will still get access to the recording and resources.

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