Desire & Need
Genres: Fiction, Nonfiction, Novel
Open to all levels
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 is the author of the novels In the Shadow of 10,000 Hills and Come As You Are. She was awarded the 2021 Washington State Book Award for General Nonfiction as the editor of Alone Together: Love, Grief, and Comfort in the Time of COVID-19. Her essays and articles have been published in O, The Oprah Magazine, Psychology Today, The Rumpus, The Sun, and many other publications. She teaches at Hugo House and elsewhere.
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