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Workshop: What Your Characters Want and Why

  • 20 Jun 2022
  • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM (PDT)
  • Zoom


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Determining what your protagonist wants is often the most important and difficult task a writer encounters, but the entire story hinges on it. In this presentation, we will look at the ways in which plot and character intersect. We will “play detective” with our characters in order to determine what matters most to them, and then use those driving motivations to shape plots with deep emotional stakes.


Tara Gilboy is the author of two novels, Unwritten, which won the 2020 Moonbeam Children’s Book Award for middle-grade fantasy, and its sequel, Rewritten. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia and teaches for San Diego College of Continuing Education. You can find out more about her (and how to work with her on your novel!) on her website at

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