Workshop on Characters

 “Pyramid Tipping:
How to Build Great Fiction and Nonfiction Characters
From the Top Down”

A Morning Workshop

With Instructor  Martha Engber    April 10, 2010

 Whether writing a memoir, novel, screenplay, or creative nonfiction, the characters we write about must spring to life. At stake is getting the attention of agents and publishers and, ultimately, our readers. Through writing exercises and discussion, we will learn how to find and isolate that one telling detail upon which we will base each character.

Workshop instructor Martha Engber is the author Growing Great Characters From the Ground Up. She also maintains the Q&A blog, “Growing Great Writers From the Ground Up” (

In the fall of 2009, she received a 5-star “original and highly recommended” rating from Midwest Book Review for her literary novel, The Wind Thief (Alondra Press). Visit Martha on the web at

Date & Time: Saturday, April 10, 2010, with sign-in at 9 a.m.; workshop from 9:30 a.m. to Noon, followed by lunch.
Location: Zio Fraedo’s Restaurant at 611 Gregory Lane, Pleasant Hill (near the corner of Gregory Lane and Pleasant Hill Road). Parking is available both in front of and behind the restaurant. The restaurant’s phone number is (925) 933-9091.
Cost: $35 for California Writers Club members (lunch only: $20), $40 for non-members (lunch only: $25).
Menu: Zio Fraedo’s sumptuous buffet.
Reservations: Reservations are required and must be received no later than noon on Wednesday, April 7. To make a reservation, contact Jean Georgakopoulos at or leave a message for her at 934-5677. Expect confirmation only if you e-mail your reservation.



One Response to “Workshop on Characters”

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