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Joss Whedon is one of  the best contemporary storytellers.  His characters–good and evil–are vivid and unforgettable.  Kate Johnson and J.T. Bock present “Some Assembly Required: A Whedonite’s Guide to Characterization,” a look into Joss Whedon’s techniques and how authors can use them in their stories. 

Join us on February 7, 2015 at the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Service Center for this fascinating workshop. 


LOCATION: Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Service Center
4805 Edgemoor Lane
Bethesda, Maryland 20814

10:00-12:00 Morning Session
12:00-1:30 Lunch
1:45-3:45 Afternoon Session

From superheroes to Shakespeare, Joss Whedon has created many of the most memorable characters on screen. Whether they’re supervillains whose entire story is told in 45 minutes, young adults whose character arcs take years to develop, or beloved existing characters seen in a new light, there’s something for every writer to learn from the complex characters Whedon has put on screen. In this all-day workshop, multi-published author Kate Johnson and author J.T. Bock explore the techniques Whedon uses to create enduring stories and teach writers how to make characters more three-dimensional, compelling, and Whedon-worthy. This full-day workshop is based on their popular presentation from the Romantic Times convention in New Orleans. Kate Johnson

Kate Johnson: A fencing instructor once described Kate as “a bit fighty.” She’s been known to subdue her Trekkiest friends into awed (she assumes it’s awed) silence with her superior knowledge. A member of Mensa and a skilled last-minute costumiere, Kate is rubbish at maths but quite good at pretending her last 900 years on this earth were a lot more interesting than they might actually have been. A misspent youth watching lots of Joss Whedon and reading even more Terry Pratchett made it kind of inevitable Kate would grow up to write fantasy romance. A few awards later, she’s pretty happy with her choice. Now she lives with her cats who are only partially named after Whedon characters, and a dog who is only partially evil, in a part of England not terribly far from her Yorkshire forefathers. Kate is descended from generations of Sheffield steelworkers, charwomen and the occasional brewer/baker, most of whom would be utterly astonished that their grand-descendent can actually make a living from telling stories.

JT BockJ. T. Bock: When J.T. Bock was a child, she wanted to be James Bond or Indiana Jones or a vampire hunter or Wonder Woman. Whatever brought her the most action, adventure and romance while play acting on her stage—otherwise known as her grandmother’s basement. Over the past few years, from a secret location outside of Washington, DC, J.T. has conjured pulse-pounding tales to share with kindred readers looking for an exciting escape. She’s written three novels and several short stories and is an active member of RWA and WRW. Her latest book, a superhero romance, A Surefire Way, was published in 2013. The second book in the series will be released in early 2015 along with a new short story in a paranormal romance anthology. When not speaking at conferences or blogging about writing life, her alternate identity enjoys spending time with her workaholic husband and their sidekick rescue dog, traveling to interesting locales (San Diego Comic-Con), and enjoying life to the fullest with an amazing group of family and friends and a good glass of wine.