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Portland: “Why Characters Do What They Do” with Jessica Morrell

April 4, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Jessica Morrell on Character

Join Willamette Writers on Tuesday, April 4th to hear workshop leader and author Jessica Morrell explore Why Characters Do What They Do.

Motivations & stakes drive characters to act, risk, and land in lots of trouble. They reveal and distinguish characters, create drama, and propel growth.  Motivation stems from characters’ traits, beliefs, values and unconscious drives. Stakes also impel characters, and the best stories result when stakes are personal and consequential.

So, how do we raise those stakes, and how do we understand our characters’ motivations? Jessica Morrell will show us how on April 4th.

About Jessica MorrellJessica Morrell on Character

Jessica Morrell understands both sides of the editorial desk as an author and developmental editor/story whisperer. She brings a practical approach to teaching and speaking gigs and writes with wit and clarity on topics related to writing. She’s the author of Thanks, But This Isn’t For Us, A (Sort of) Compassionate Guide to Why Your Writing is Being Rejected; Bullies, Bastards & Bitches, How to Write the Bad Guys in FictionThe Writer’s I Ching; Voices from the Street; Between the Lines: Master The Subtle Elements Of Fiction Writing; and Writing Out the Storm. Her work also appears in magazines and nine anthologies.


So join us at The Old Church in downtown Portland, 1422 SW 11th Ave. on Tuesday, April 4th. Doors open at 6:30PM; event begins at 7PM. Willamette Writers members are always free, along with full-time students under the age of 25. Guests are $5, including MeetUp guests.

Find Out More

To learn more about Jessica Morrell, visit jessicamorrell.com.
To learn more about Willamette Writers, visit willamettewriters.org.

See you there!

Interested? Join us! All writers welcome.

Click here to learn more about Willamette Writers Portland.


April 4, 2017
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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The Old Church, Portland
1422 SW 11th
Portland, OR 97201
(503) 222-2031


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