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RWA Online's April Workshop: Secondary Characters

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RWA® Online presents their April 2015 online workshop:

Secondary Characters: The Good, The Bad, and the Quirky presented by Beth Corneilson

Dates Presented: April 4-17.

Workshop registration opens March 23.

Cost: $15.00

Registration information: http://www.rwaonlinechapter.org/campus.htm

About the workshop:

Secondary Characters: The Good, the Bad and the Quirky covers the types of secondary characters that appear in books and the many roles these characters play in supporting and enhancing your plot or main character development. We will discuss was to make unique (not trite!) secondary characters that add depth to your story without taking over the book. Also covered is how to handle those secondary characters that do try to steal scenes…and how to set up secondary characters for books of their own.

Course Outline:

I. The functions or roles your secondary characters can play:




Comic Relief

Foil (Symbolic Mirror to Compare/Contrast with the protagonist)


Catalyst for action/decision

Obstacle to achieving a goal

Red-herring in a mystery/suspense

Expendable victim

Dependent/ protégé

II. What to do when a secondary character takes over the book

About the presenter:

Award winning author Beth Cornelison received her bachelor's degree in Public Relations from the University of Georgia. After working in public relations for about a year, she moved with her husband to Louisiana, where she decided to pursue her love of writing fiction.

Since that time, she has won numerous honors for her work including a final in the 2010 Rita contest sponsored by the Romance Writers of America. She made her first sale to Silhouette Intimate Moments in June 2004 and has gone on to sell many more books to Harlequin/Silhouette. She has also published with Five Star Expressions, Samhain Publishing, and Sourcebooks.

Beth has presented workshops across the country to numerous chapter meetings, conferences, online classes and book clubs. She lives in a newly empty nest in Louisiana with her husband and a fluctuating number of cats who think they are people. Find her on the web at bethcornelison.com.

Deadline to register for the workshop is April 4, 2015.

If you have any questions, please contact the workshop coordinator at fisc40pa@aol.com

Note: Workshops are conducted via the chapter message board. In addition to registering for the workshop you must also register for the message board.

You do not need to be a RWA member to take the workshop. However, RWA® Online chapter members take our workshops for free and it’s only $25.00 to join (you do have to be an active RWA® member) and get all the workshops for the whole year.

FMI: http://www.rwaonlinechapter.org/campus.htm

Thank you…and we hope to see you there!

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