Jacqueline Sheehan Writing Series- Workshop 2

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This program will be delivered via Zoom and will be streamed to our Kingsley Room.


 Creating Strong Characters

The most memorable characters are driven by powerful forces of motivation that won't allow them to rest and keep readers turning the pages. Create more compelling characters by revealing their motivations, fears, desires, and dreams with authentic detail. A writer does not have to become a psychologist, but a writer can learn to make use of psychological foundations, particularly through the body, to understand their characters and intensify the plot. We will use writing prompts that are informed by the psychology of the body while we push our characters past their edge of comfort.

JACQUELINE SHEEHAN Ph.D. is a bestselling novelist. She also publishes essays in the New York Times (Modern Love), The Writer, and Edible Pioneer Valley.  She has been a commentator on Public Radio. Her first novel, The Comet’s Tale, was based on the life of Sojourner Truth. The next two novels, Lost & Found and Now & Then, were New York Times bestsellers. These novels were followed by Picture This, The Center of the World, and The Tiger in the House. Her books have been translated into eight languages. Jacqueline edited Women Writing in Prison, a compilation from writing workshops with incarcerated women. She was a writing fellow at Hawthornden Castle in Scotland and Jentel Arts in Wyoming, and Turkey Land Cove on Martha’s Vineyard. Jacqueline is one of the founders and past president of Straw Dog Writers Guild. She teaches writing workshops in Massachusetts and at international retreats. She just completed her seventh novel. Please visit her at www.jacquelinesheehan.com or at Facebook.com/JacquelineSheehanAuthor

Like all Southbury Public Library programs, this event is free to attend and open to anyone regardless of town of residency. Registration is required. This program is made possible by a gift made in memory of Tony Morgan. For more information about this program, please email Rebecca at rrandall@biblio.org or call the reference desk at 203-262-0626 ext 130.



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