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Upcoming Workshops

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March 2, 2024

12:00 PM EST

Balancing Backstory with Laura Drake

Free for members
$10 for non-members (recording included)

We need backstory in our novels. It deepens our characters, illustrates who they are, and how they came to be that way. But we’ve all heard about “backstory dumps,” and how they can bog down a read. So how do you tell the reader what they need to know, without writing the parts they skip? It’s a delicate balance, requiring subtle technique. Laura will give you the tools you need to craft fully- rounded characters that your readers will love - without all the baggage.

Laura Drake is a hybrid author of Women's Fiction and Romance. Her debut, The Sweet Spot, won the 2014 Romance Writers of America® RITA® award. She’s since published 15 more books. She is a founding member of Women’s Fiction Writers Association and Writers in the Storm blog. Laura is a city girl who never grew out of her tomboy ways. She gave up the corporate CFO gig to write full time. She realized a lifelong dream of becoming a Texan and is currently working on her accent. She's a wife, grandmother, and motorcycle chick in the remaining waking hours.

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