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Backstory, Layering it in Strategically

Friday, August 3, 2018
11:00 am - 12:30 pm
St. Helen’s A/B

What is back story and why does it matter. For instance, though characters *are* what they *do*, every action has to make sense in light of the character’s past. So when your character “surprises” you, as often happens,, how do you make sense of the surprise in terms of the character’s back story. How to reveal back story gradually and strategically, and avoid a “back story dump.” Managing multiple characters with back stories, braiding multiple timelines. Dealing with back story surprises.


Hallie Ephron

NY Times bestselling author Hallie Ephron didn’t start writing until she was nearly forty. Now writes suspense novels (10 published so far, plus a bunch of short stories) she hopes readers can’t put down. A former teacher, she also wrote an Edgar-nominated book on mystery writing and teaches writing workshops. She is a 5-time finalist for the Mary Higgins Clark Award, and her “Never Tell a Lie” was made into a movie for the Lifetime Movie Network.

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