August 10-12, 2018 | New York City

Back Story: Layering it in Strategically

In this workshop we’ll talk about back story, what it is and why it matters. For instance, though characters *are* what they *do*, every surprising action has to make sense in light of the character’s past. The challenge for the novelist is to find “Page One” and then move forward, revealing back story without the dreaded “back story dump.” Writers will evaluate their own works in progress and brainstorm how and when to layer in back story. Learn the principles behind the process and beef up your writing toolkit.