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Online Workshop: How to Make Readers Fall in Love With Your Characters with Editor Tiffany Liao

Date(s) - 03/22/2019 - 04/30/2019
12:00 pm


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Workshop Description:  

How to Make Readers Fall in Love With Your Characters

With every book I edit, I always start with one big question: What does the character want? Your character motivation is the heart of the story and will inform every element in your book including voice, plot, pacing, and world-building. I’ll show you how to dig deep into your character to establish a motivation that is compelling, believable, and urgently drives the story forward from page to page.


We’ll be doing in-class exercises, but attendees are encouraged to bring the first page of their works-in-progress. 


Tiffany Liao is an editor at Henry Holt Books for Young Readers. She acquires middle grade, young adult, and select nonfiction. She’s had the pleasure of editing authors such as Tomi Adeyemi, Margaret Owen, Tochi Onyebuchi, K.D. Halbrook, Kristin Tubb, Lesley Livingston, Rhoda Belleza, and Henry Lien, among others. She (mostly) tweets about bookish things at @tiff_liao.