Those Who Forget History: Using Backstory to Enhance Your Novel with Cynthia Owens

Craft Those Who Forget History: Using Backstory to Enhance Your Novel with Cynthia Owens

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Class Length
4 Weeks
In Those Who Forget History: Using Backstory to Enhance Your Novel, students will examine how to use backstory effectively to enhance their stories using elements of a character’s past.

We will cover:
· What is Backstory?
· Flashbacks and how to use them.
· The Five Ws of Backstory—Who, What, Where, When and Why—of a character’s past.
· Prologues—how to use a prologue to provide backstory.
· Dialogue—how to manipulate your readers by using a character’s dialogue to hint at backstory.
· Weaving—how to weave backstory into your story.
· Inner Thought—revealing your character’s backstory through inner thought.
· What Do They Want?—how your character’s backstory can affect his goals.
· The New Way to Plot: Using backstory to plot your novel

Included in the workshop is a workbook with assignments, checklists, and more.
Class Format
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The forum will be available the morning (EST) of the day the workshop starts and will remain accessible to all participants thereafter. You will also be given simple instructions on how to create a PDF of all your discussions along with our privacy and data retention policy.
Cynthia Owens
Start date
Apr 3, 2023 at 9:00 AM
End date
May 1, 2023 at 12:50 AM
Registration end date
Apr 6, 2023 at 12:50 AM
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