Writers Workshop: Pt. #1 -Building Believable Characters; Pt. #2 -Creating Functioning, Yet Compelling, Secondary Characters with Novelist, Reese Ryan

  • 14 Oct 2017
  • 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
  • The Turnage Theatre, 150 Main St, Washington, NC


  • $45.00 At the door
  • $45.00 at the door.

Registration is closed

Pamlico Writer's Group is pleased to announce our Fall writer's workshop on October 14, 2017, from 9am to 4:30pm, at The Turnage Theatre, 150 Main St., Washington, NC, with Reese Ryan.

Reese Ryan

Morning Workshop (9:00 am - 12:00 pm)

      Building Believable Characters

 Whether a story is plot-driven or character-driven, it’s memorable, fully-formed characters that draw readers in and keep them turning the pages. We are layered, complex beings with virtues, hang-ups, secrets, phobias and bad habits. Our characters should be, too.

 Part I of this two-part, interactive workshop will give you the tools to delve beyond surface information like age and hair or eye color and get to know your characters intimately. Such knowledge equips you to create wholly-developed, multi-faceted characters who feel real to readers and with whom readers can form an emotional connection.


Afternoon Workshop (1:30 pm - 4:30 pm)

Creating Functional, Yet Compelling, Secondary Characters

 None of us exists in a vacuum. Neither should our characters. Our friends, family, bosses, co-workers, and neighbors impact our lives in ways big and small. Our encounters with them often develop or reveal our true character. The same should be true of our secondary characters. Well-developed secondary characters—whether good, bad, or indifferent—shed light on our understanding of the primary characters in a more striking manner than narration alone.

In Part II of this interactive workshop, we’ll examine how to use secondary characters to reveal key aspects about primary characters and move the plot along. We’ll also discuss how to create a cast of characters that adds to the story rather than distracts from it.

 Following an interactive discussion of each topic, workshop participants will put the techniques learned into action by crafting layered, believable characters specific to your next fiction project during this interactive, full-day workshop led by a multi-published author of romantic fiction populated by complex, emotionally-compelling characters.


During this two-part workshop you will:

  • ·       Learn the essential elements of engaging, complex characters.
  • ·       Discover simple methods for breathing life into your characters—without completing extensive character profiles.
  • ·       Discover surefire ways for creating characters with conflicting personalities who aren’t caricatures.
  • ·       Learn how to create complementary secondary characters who enrich the story and broaden understanding of the protagonist.
  • ·       You’ll construct primary and secondary characters for your current or future project.


About the Instructor:

Reese Ryan is a multi-published author of romantic fiction featuring complex, deliciously-flawed characters. She challenges her heroines with family and career drama, reformed bad boys, and life-changing secrets while treating readers to an emotional love story and unexpected twists.

 Past president of her local Romance Writers of America chapter and a panelist at the 2017 Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, Reese is an advocate for the romance genre and diversity in fiction. A hybrid author with five titles available from Harlequin imprints and five more hitting shelves in 2018, Reese is also an indie publisher through her Sinfully Sweet Publishing.


Come and learn from a seasoned professional how to capture your characters on the page and your reader’s attention until the very last page.

 The fee for this workshop is:

              Members Early Registration:     $35.00

              Non-Members Early Registration: $40.00

Registration for this event opens August 1, 2017.

 You can pay online using PayPal or your personal credit card or by check and sending it to: Pamlico Writers Group, 206 Perquimans Dr., Chocowinity, NC 27817.

To register early for this workshop go to our website, then click on Events Calendar: Pamlico Writers Group.

Be sure to sign up early or you’ll pay an extra $5.00 at the door.

 See you there.

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