Crafting Must-Read Backstory: Write Backstory Your Readers Are Dying to Read with Kris Kennedy

Plot-Structure Crafting Must-Read Backstory: Write Backstory Your Readers Are Dying to Read with Kris Kennedy

Basic and Premium Members Prices
Premium Members $25 & Basic Members $35

Register before September 20th with the code BACKSTORYKENNEDY2021 for a $5 discount
  1. Characters
  2. Structure
  3. GMC
  4. Plotting
$5 off Early Registration Coupon-expires 1 week before class starts
Writers love backstory! We need backstory. It’s pain and motivation and the unique angles that make our characters sing and howl at the moon. It’s the whys and hows. It explains everything.

Unfortunately, it can also kill story.

Backstory can be deployed. Done right, it’s a weapon in our storytelling arsenal. But authors often write backstory to satisfy ourselves, not the reader. We need the reader to know something, so we just...tell them. But backstory that ‘tells’ readers why they should care isn’t story; it’s information. Now the reader knows something.

But readers don’t read to know. They read to feel.

It’s the author’s job is to make readers care, sometimes in the absence of knowing all the whys & hows. How? How do you balance the need to explain the “whys” with the primary need to drive the story forward?

I’ll show you!

Come learn concrete strategies for crafting backstory that helps pacing and powers up arcs and plotlines. Explore why backstory can kill story, and how to deploy it like a weapon to get maximum effect. Learn how to balance backstory with the present day storyline, weaving it with actions & turning points to create stories that keep readers up late, turning the page. Write so readers are dying to read your backstory.
Start date
Sep 27, 2021 at 9:00 AM
End date
Oct 10, 2021 at 1:00 AM
Registration end date
Sep 29, 2021 at 1:00 AM
4.87 star(s) 15 ratings

More classes from Kris

Latest reviews

This is an AMAZING class!
Not only is Kris the most engaging, thoughtful and competent instructor imaginable, she also shifted my mindset regarding "backstory" by 180°, taught me to "see" that backstory IS story, and she provided tons of tools and exercises to get the job done.

I enjoyed every single sentence in this class and learned WAY more about writing than just the nuts and bolts of "backstory".

Fully and wholeheartedly recommended!
Kris' comments and suggestions have helped me enormously. I can't wait to use her interesting suggestions that make the story better than it is. She has broadened the character's background for the actions that happen in the book. Many, many thanks for these insights to my story.
Best backstory workshop I have ever done. Such detailed, nuanced insights and clear examples. It's the first time I feel properly guided w.r.t. backstory. Previously, I have only received vague guidelines that I did not know how to apply. This class has given me a lot more confidence in dealing with backstory successfully.