Writing the Ghost
Genres: Fiction, Novel
Open to all levels
Uncovering your protagonist and antagonist's ghosts, the thing they are most afraid of and are often unaware of themselves, is a great technique for finding the story in "backstory"! In this two-session workshop, we'll look at the ghosts in popular movies and novels, and do exercises to find your main characters' ghosts. Then, we'll do some generative work on how the ghosts of your protagonist and antagonist interact to create tension and forward motion in the first 100 pages of your novel while revealing important foundational information from their pasts.
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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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