Fiction, Novel

  • Term: Fall 2022
  • Start Date: September 21, 2022
  • End Date: September 28, 2022
  • Day of Week: Wednesday
  • 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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Writing the Ghost

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.

Registration dates:

August 22: Scholarship Donation Day (Learn more.)

August 23: Member registration opens

August 30: General registration opens

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.