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The Psychology of Strong Characters Workshop
June 1, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
The Storyteller’s Cottage, 750 Hopmeadow St
Simsbury, CT 06070 United States
The most memorable characters are driven by powerful forces of motivation that won’t let them rest and keep readers turning the pages. Learn to apply basic psychology to the development of your characters. Create more compelling characters by revealing their fears, desires, and dreams with authentic detail. A writer does not have to become a psychologist, but a writer can learn to make use of psychological foundations to understand their characters and intensify writing.
Topics will include:
The psychology of the body
What dialogue tells us about characters by what is said or not said
Taking characters past their edge of comfort (and yours)
We will use writing prompts to experiment.
Jacqueline Sheehan, is a New York Times Bestselling author and a psychologist. Her novels include, The Comet’s Tale a novel about Sojourner Truth, Lost & Found, Now & Then, Picture This, The Center of the World, and The Tiger in the House. She writes NPR commentaries, travel articles, and essays including the New York Times column, Modern Love. She edited the anthology, Women Writing in Prison. Jacqueline has been a fellow at Hawthornden Castle, Scotland, Jentel Arts Colony, Wyoming, and Turkey Land Cove, Martha’s Vineyard. She is one of the founders and former president of The Straw Dog Writers Guild in Western Massachusetts. She teaches workshops at Writers in Progress in Florence, MA https://doriostermiller.com/writers-in-progress/ and will co-lead a writing retreat in Prague in July 2019. Jac.firstname.lastname@example.org www.jacquelinesheehan.com