Fiction, Nonfiction, Novel

  • Term: Summer 2022
  • Start Date: June 20, 2022
  • End Date: June 21, 2022
  • Day of Week: Monday, Tuesday
  • Time: 5:00pm - 7:00pm PT
  • Level: Open to all levels
  • Audience: Adult
  • Location: Online
  • Availability: Yes
  • Public Price: $120.00
  • Member Price: $108.00

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Desire & Need

Like Mick Jagger says: "You can’t always get what you what but if you try sometimes, you get what you neeeeed!" This is also true for our characters. Figuring out desire and need can serve as the foundation for strong character backstory and motivation, as well as plot points that connect the beginning, middle and end of your novel or memoir. In this two-session workshop, we’ll do lots of exercises relating to desire and need that serve to strengthen relevant backstory as well as organic forward motion.

Jennifer Haupt

Jennifer Haupt


Jennifer Haupt is the author of the novels In the Shadow of 10,000 Hills and Come As You Are. She's also the editor of Alone Together: Love, Grief, and Comfort in the Time of COVID-19, which has raised over $40,000 for the Book Industry Charitable Foundation and was awarded the 2021 Washington State Book Award for General Nonfiction. Haupt’s essays and articles have been widely published and her popular Psychology Today blog is a collection of essays and interviews for authors and readers. Visit for more information.