Where the Heart Is: Creating a Fictional Family that Roots Your Story and Drives Plot
Join Central Maine writers for a series of writing workshops spanning genres and forms. Each workshop session will be led by a different writer and all workshop participants will be invited to submit their work for publication in a chapbook. The series will culminate in a public reading and chapbook launch party in Spring 2024.
In the best fiction, plot and character arc are intricately intertwined like the roots of a tree. In this 90-minute workshop, we’ll talk about how a character’s family tree can influence their character development, and how to build out a cast of characters that supports the story you want to tell. We’ll be touching on family values, fruits of the family tree, ancestral bonds versus found family, love languages, and my specialty: attachment theory. Bring a notebook or laptop to take notes and plan on some free writing time to wrap up the session.
Celeste Loring Gleason is a certified creative writing and life coach. She is the founder of The Arachne Project, LLC where she helps writers finish their novels and create a writing life that is aligned with a deep sense of purpose. She is currently at work on a dark YA fantasy novel set in rural Maine.
This project is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and realized in partnership with the Colby College Museum of Art and its Lunder Institute for American Art.
Upcoming workshops in this series:
October 18, 2023 - Andrea Lani, Starting with Place
December 12, 2023 - Tyler French, History Poetry
February 13, 2024 4:30-5:30pm - Catie Joyce-Bulay, children's writing workshop
These workshops are free and open to writers of all levels of experience. Registration is required (see below).