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Conferences & Workshops

Written By: Jessica Morrell

Virtual Workshops Coming …. Join me and other great instructors

April 10, 2:10 Pacific Time

MWA Northwest Spring Conference

Secrets of the Dark Arts: Revising, Rethinking, Rewriting

Here are details and a link to register for this great conference via Eventbrite.

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.

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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