Strong Motivation, Strong Characters, Strong Plot
This workshop by Shannon Curtis will be running at 11:00am on Sat 22nd August at 2pm.
Learn how to engage readers with great characters and an enthralling plot through strong motivation.
About your presenter:
Shannon Curtis has worked as a business consultant, copywriter, admin manager, customer service rep, logistics co-ordinator, dangerous goods handler, event planner, switch bitch and betting agent, and decided to try writing a story like those she loved to read when she found herself at home after the birth of her first child. Her books have been finalists for Favourite Romantic Suspense for 2011, 2012 and 2013, as well as Favourite Continuing Romance Series as voted by the Australian Romance Readers Association, and was selected to write romance novels for The Bold and The Beautiful series.
Tell us about yourself in 10 words or less.
I am the plotter from hell. I LOVE to plot.
What prompted you to put together this workshop for Get Fresh in 15 conference?
I found myself putting together a NEW WIP KIT, it’s a process I go through with each new book before I start my first draft, and when I presented it at a writers’ festival, it got such great feedback I thought others might be interested in it.
Have you presented sessions at previous conferences, for RWA or other organisations?
Yes, I’ve presented several writing workshops – some for RWA at previous conferences, but also for writer’s festivals and at libraries, and also to my writers’ group – we present on a topic when we think it’s amazing, when it’s really given us a lightbulb moment and we want to share – so that’s the basis for all my workshops. Topics that I’ve found amazing and fascinating and uber helpful, and think you might, too.
What will participants take away from this session?
I tend to make my attendees work hard in my sessions, and this is no different. We’ll be building characters from their emotional core, and using fears and desires to plot turning points, conflicts and black moments, and to also show characterisation. Basically, we’re going to put our characters through hell. Love it.
Will there be hands-on exercises or audience participation?
Yes, there most certainly will be hands-on exercises. Lots of exercises. Lots of activities. Your head will hurt, but you’ll thank me for it.
Do you use examples (from your own books, other books, movies etc)?
Yes, I’m lazy – er, creative – that way. I find sometimes it’s easier to show, not tell (we’ve all heard that one!), and there are so many great clips from movies and TV shows that effectively get the point across.
What is your latest/current/upcoming book release and where can members find out more about you?
My latest romantic suspense, Runaway Lies, is out now, as is a very special project I worked on with the Australian Romance Readers Association. Tribal Law is a paranormal romance inspired by readers, and 100% of the proceeds from the sale of this book go toward reader resources for ARRA.
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