Sharpened Pencils

Saturday, September 12, 2015

LOCATION: Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Service Center, Room D (the large, multipurpose room)
4805 Edgemoor Lane
Bethesda, Maryland 20814

Hope Ramsay Presents Using Character Archetypes to Find the Love Story and Plot

10:00-11:30 – Hope Ramsay presents “Using Character Archetypes to Find the Love Story”
11:30-12:00 – Quick break to get lunch, bring back for AGM
12:15- 1:45 – Annual General Meeting
2:00- 4:00 – Hope Ramsay presents “Using Character Archetypes to Find the Plot”

Using Character Archetypes to Find the Love Story – Morning Session
Every romance requires a journey for the hero and heroine. While the plot is happily moving along with suspense, humor, vampires, pirates, bad guys, or other complications, the hero and heroine need to be falling in love. And in order to fall in love the hero and heroine have to learn something important that makes them worthy (or able) to give and receive love.

But what do they need to learn? And how the heck do you figure that out without falling back on worn-out romance clichés?

This hands-on workshop will give writers at every level some valuable tools to help them develop three-dimensional characters that have room to grow and develop and fall in love. Attendees will learn how to use the positive and negative traits of personality archetypes to develop a strong, emotional love story, and have the opportunity to apply concepts to their work in progress. Handouts will include an expansive list of archetypes with their light and dark traits.

Using Character Archetypes to Find the Plot – Afternoon Session
The love story is important in every romance, but every romance also needs an external plot. Whether you’re a plotter or a pantser, stuff has to happen. This session will build on the concepts learned during the morning and help writers learn how to interweave the plot that moves the story with the character arc that lies at the center of every romance. Concepts like the three-act structure, and Goal Motivation and Conflict will be covered, but with a decidedly character-driven focus.



About the instructor: Hope Ramsay is a USA Today bestselling author and two-time Golden Heart finalist. Her series of heartwarming romances, published by Grand Central Publishing, have won critical acclaim. Hope is also a member of the Ruby Slippered Sisterhood, and regularly blogs about storytelling and plotting. She has taught plotting courses at the RWA National Conference and at chapter conferences. She is married to a good ol’ Georgia boy who resembles every single one of her Southern heroes. She has two grown children and a couple of demanding lap cats. She lives in Virginia where, when she’s not writing, she’s knitting or playing on her forty-year-old Martin guitar.