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Conferences & Workshops

Written By: Jessica Morrell

Update on Virtual Workshops

A HUGE thank you to the hundreds of writers who joined me for virtual workshops this past month. I truly mean this because they came together under difficult circumstances.

It was a harrowing time with windstorms, wildfires raging nearby, and smoke-choked skies. There are thousands of homes and millions of acres destroyed in the glorious Pacific Northwest. In the midst of being in the evacuation zone and high winds I was unable to present the Captivating Co-stars workshop. It will be rescheduled after the election because I’m catching up on work projects and also working on getting out the vote whenever I can.

Me and Kathryn Brown will also put on our Word Nerd session about language and are in discussions about putting together a podcast. Words, glorious words.. Laughter. Practical insights.

Also, if anyone would like a copy of my Hierarchy of Character Traits handout, please email me at my full name at gmail.com.

Captivating Co-stars: Why Secondary Characters Need More Love

Date and time to be announced. Chanticleer Authors Conference

Without captivating secondary characters a story doesn’t contain enough spice, drama, or interest. Imaginatively-written supporting characters leave their own particular note in the reader’s memory; enliven and propel the scenes they appear in; and like leading characters, they breathe, hurt, and sizzle on the page. We’ll cover the differences among secondary characters, foils, minor characters, and walk-on characters.  We’ll also discuss if your story is overpopulated and some traditional roles for costars: best friend, side kick, family member, trusted confidant, professional sounding board, lover and spouse.  A wide variety of characters from well-known films and novels will supplement our understanding.

Time and date to be announced: Wordcraft: Words Matter, Names Matter, Titles Matter, Wordnerds Jessica Morrell & Kiffer Brown

Stay tuned for more virtual workshops in 2021.

Hang in there. Keep writing, keep dreaming, have heart


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  4. Grace says:

    I loved your lecture at Willamette Writers. Do you teach anywhere in PDX?

    • Jessica Morrell says:

      Thanks so much. I teach my own series of workshops and classes. I took time off last year because of surgeries and moving, but am starting up again. My next workshop is Writing as Resistance. It’s happening on April 28, in Multnomah Village. I’d be happy to send you the information via an email.

    • Jessica Morrell says:

      Actually the date is Saturday, April 29

  5. Kristina says:

    Will you bring doing more workshops towards the end of 2019 in Oregon?

    • Jessica Morrell says:

      Thanks for your interest. I’m going to be teaching a class at Mt. Hood Community College beginning October 1–Power Writing. Will be teaching online classes and live classes starting in January. Will be posting them here.

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