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June Monthly Meeting

Character: Arcs, Objectives, and Motivations

Saturday, June 15 at 1 p.m. PST on Zoom

Please join us on Saturday, June 15th, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. PT as Elena Taylor discusses character arcs as essential elements to a character's actions. Understanding them can help you finish your draft or polish your final story before submission.

Author and developmental editor Elena Hartwell Taylor will also discuss the super-objectives that drive every action and reaction a character takes. By combining the internal and external super-objectives, writers can understand their characters' motivations in any given situation, helping to determine the course of the book. 

The combination of the internal and external super-objectives can also help with building an elevator pitch, preparing a writer for the query process, strengthening rewrites, or polishing a final draft.

Elena Taylor spent several years working in theater as a playwright, director, designer, and educator before turning her storytelling skills to fiction. Her first series, the Eddie Shoes Mysteries, written under the name Elena Hartwell, introduced a quirky mother/daughter crime fighting duo. With All We Buried, Elena returns to her dramatic roots and brings readers a much more serious and atmospheric novel. Located in her beloved Washington State, Elena uses her connection to the environment to produce a forbidding story of small town secrets and things that won’t stay buried. Elena is also a senior editor with Allegory Editing, a developmental editing house, where she works one-on-one with writers to shape and polish manuscripts, short stories, and plays.

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