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RWA® Online Presents

Secondary Characters: The Good, The Bad,
and The Quirky

Presented by Beth Cornelisen
April 4 - 17, 2015

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About the Class:

Secondary Characters: The Good, the Bad and the Quirky covers the types of secondary characters that appear in books and the many roles these characters play in supporting and enhancing your plot or main character development. We will discuss was to make unique (not trite!) secondary characters that add depth to your story without taking over the book. Also covered is how to handle those secondary characters that do try to steal scenes…and how to set up secondary characters for books of their own.


Course Outline:
I. The functions or roles your secondary characters can play:

  • Mentor

  • Informant

  • Confidante/Sidekick

  • Comic Relief

  • Foil (Symbolic Mirror to Compare/Contrast with the protagonist)

  • Competitor

  • Catalyst for action/decision

  • Obstacle to achieving a goal

  • Red-herring in a mystery/suspense

  • Expendable victim

  • Dependent/ protégé

II. What to do when a secondary character takes over the book

About the Instructor: 

Award winning author Beth Cornelison received her bachelor's degree in Public Relations from the University of Georgia. After working in public relations for about a year, she moved with her husband to Louisiana, where she decided to pursue her love of writing fiction.

Since that time, she has won numerous honors for her work including a final in the 2010 Rita contest sponsored by the Romance Writers of America. She made her first sale to Silhouette Intimate Moments in June 2004 and has gone on to sell many more books to Harlequin/Silhouette. She has also published with Five Star Expressions, Samhain Publishing, and Sourcebooks.

Beth has presented workshops across the country to numerous chapter meetings, conferences, online classes and book clubs. She lives in a newly empty nest in Louisiana with her husband and a fluctuating number of cats who think they are people. Find her on the web at bethcornelison.com.
 

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Registration Period: March 23 - April 4, 2015

 Registration Deadline: April 4, 2015
 

Note: Email us at workshops@rwaonlinechapter.org (or fisc40pa@aol.com)  for questions. Workshops are archived for approximately two weeks after the course ends.

Fee: $15 

RWA Online Chapter Members ONLY receive free workshops.  No registration required for chapter members.

 Payment method: PAYPAL is recommended! Checks and money orders also accepted, but register early and mail your payment promptly. No person will be allowed in unless payment is received.

 Format: Courses are conducted via online discussion (bulletin) board on the RWA® Online website (no email loops).  Non-chapter members MUST complete both the workshop registration AND the discussion board login registration for access.

Instructions for login are presented after the registration page (or to return to the login instructions, CLICK HERE. The workshop is available for up to one week after the end date and a downloadable archive of the workshop will be available the week following the workshop.

 

About RWA® Online Chapter Workshops

RWA® Online conducts all workshops via a message board system located on this website.  However, access to the site is restricted by login and password to ensure that the workshop is only available to those that are authorized to attend.  Please read the instructions below to understand our process:

1.  You must register for the workshop using the registration links above.  This is the only way to get the information on how to access the workshop site.

2.  All workshop participants must be registered on the website message boards located under the News and Members Only tab above.  NON-CHAPTER MEMBERS:  Follow the instructions on the page you get AFTER your workshop registration.  Both login and payment information is available there.  If you forget and need to go back to those instructions, click here.

3. A couple of days before the workshop, you will be emailed reminders on the workshop and where to find it.  If you forget, click here to take you to the workshop discussion boards or use the WORKSHOP FORUM ACCESS link above.  If you are NOT a registered user of our bulletin boards, all you will see is our GUEST LOUNGE and NEWS forums.  Once your login is approved, you will also see a WORKSHOP CHECK-IN forum.  The actual workshop forum will not open until the day prior to the workshop start date.

4.  The workshop presenter will post discussion and lecture information, as appropriate, on the first day of the workshop.  Participants are encouraged to respond to the discussion topics.

5.  Because the workshop is a professional activity designed to further participants writing skills, we request that social chit-chat be kept to a minimum. 

6.  Postings deemed inappropriate in content will be deleted without warning to the message author.

7.  Otherwise, we hope everyone who participates in the workshop has fun and learns a lot.  Please remember to thank our guest presenters who take time out of their schedules to provide their wisdom and guidance.

8. If you have any questions, please email If you have questions, feel free to contact us     for more information.