Posted by: anitanolan | November 8, 2010

Writing Workshops Nov 13 in Princeton, NJ

I just found out there are a few spots left in the workshops I’ll be leading on November 13 about 2:00 for the NJ SCBWI in Princeton, NJ. Here’s the information:


Do editors or agents say your characters are one-dimensional, flat, or unsympathetic? In the Deepening Characterization Workshop, we’ll discuss how to make a character sympathetic, intriguing and believable—to make them come alive.  We’ll talk about using no more characters than you need. We’ll discuss villains, antagonists, and secondary characters too. We’ll also talk about upping the stakes, layering your character, and adding emotion.

Rarely does an aspiring author have too much tension in a manuscript. Instead a story almost always needs more. The story might move too slowly or the character might solve their problems too easily. We’ll talk about creating inner conflict and making the high points bigger, dealing with backstory and how it can slow the pacing, and techniques on how to determine where your story has tension, where it doesn’t, and things you can do if your story starts to slow to add tension and conflict.

Leeza Hernandez, Sprouts Creative Director and PB author/illustrator, will also be leading a Picture Book Workshop:

PICTURE BOOK BREAKDOWNS: From writer’s block to word count, and from page turners to word choice. Sharpen your skills with hands-on methods to master your manuscript—without even breaking a sweat! Workshop includes a “Creative Pick-Me-Up” interlude.If you’re interested, please contact

Cost: $60 for workshops

Stay for dinner for an additional $30.

Please contact   if you are interested.

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