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How to Give Your Writing Character and Depth, Central Point

May 2, 2015 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Elizabeth Lyon
“How to Give Your Writing Character and Depth”

Morning Presentation:
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Free to members, $10.00 guests
Writing similes and metaphors is as simple as drawing water from a perpetually
bubbling spring—for a lucky few.
Imagery and comparisons add layers of meaning, characterization, color, and
often humor, and bring art to craft. By modeling examples, we’ll craft imagery
appropriate to your characters, settings, objects, actions, themes, and time or

Afternoon Workshop: “Character + Scene + Subtext = Suspense and Theme”
1:30 – 3:30 p.m. $25.00 for members, $30.00 for guests ($35 for whole day)

Crafting a character personality is a good beginning but shallow. Weaving hidden
motivations, contradictory goals, and unmet psychological needs into each scene
will engage hearts and minds, and keep suspense high. If characters, scenes and
plots are treated as separate parts, the result is a disjointed story. Through lively
brainstorming, we will learn to:

1. Join character and scene in plot and move them through time
2. Connect settings, props, symbolism and character relationships
3. Test alternate character personalities and see different outcomes

Elizabeth Lyon, a book editor since 1988, has worked with hundreds of writers,
seeing publication of over 60 clients. Lyon has written many books on the craft
and marketing of fiction and nonfiction, including bestselling Nonfiction Book
Proposals Anybody Can Write, Sell Your Novel Tool Kit, and Manuscript Makeover,
selected by The Writer’s reviewer as “perhaps the most comprehensive book on
revising fiction.” She is also the author of two short books, Writing Subtext and
Crafting Titles.

Pre-registration is requested for the afternoon workshop: soww77@gmail.com
For more information: www.willamettewriters.com/southernoregon