Characters are what readers remember. Having strong characters are key to helping create the necessary tension and conflict to keep your readers turning the page. Students develop character sheets for both their major characters, making sure goals and motivation are in direct opposition. You will also develop character arcs to help guide the writer through each change a character will go through to reach (or fail) with their ultimate goals. You will learn techniques and strategies to help the writer stay on task with their characters so they stay true to who they are in the book.
Jen Talty co-created Cool Gus Publishing with NY Times Best-Selling Author Bob Mayer, and runs the technical side of the company. She is an award-winning romance author and her latest release, Dark Water hit #10 on the Barnes and Noble Nook bestseller list, a program which Bob Mayer created for Pubit (Barnes and Noble’s self-publishing arm) to help indie authors increase their discoverability.