Join Us at Our Next Meeting

Saturday, February 9

9:00 a.m. - Business Meeting and Check-in

10:00 a.m. - Hallie Ephron will present on writing character driven fiction.

The Zoom meeting link will be posted for members in the RWA Forums. Non-members are allowed to attend two free meetings per year. Email for more information. 

Writing Character Driven Fiction
The juiciest, most frenetic, adrenaline-filled plot will feel labored and lie flat on the page if there's no compelling characters. This workshop explores how to make characters and their competing goals drive your plot. Topics include:

  • Introducing the reader to the main character
  • Creating a character web
  • Developing a character arc within the novel's three-act structure
  • Mining the gap between what's visible and what's hidden 
  • Developing a character arc within a scene
  • Dealing with characters who refuse to go where your plot pushes them
  • The importance of back story in driving plot, and how to use it effectively

Hallie Ephron ( is the NY Times bestselling author of 11 suspense novels reviewers call “deliciously creepy.” Her recent Careful What You Wish For, is about a professional organizer married to a man who can’t pass a yard sale without stopping. A STARRED review, PW called it “outstanding,” and in TIME Magazine Jamie Lee Curtis called it “thrilling and suspenseful.” A five-time finalist for the Mary Higgins Clark Award, her Writing and Selling Your Mystery Novel was an Edgar Award finalist. Never Tell a Lie was made into a Lifetime movie. She can be found daily on the Anthony-award-winning blog, Jungle Red Writers

Unless otherwise specified, meetings are held the second Saturday of the month and begin at 9:00 a.m. via Zoom.


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