We’re delighted to welcome Anne Cleeland to EVA for our March chapter meeting. Don’t forget that March is Out Write Janet month -so sharpen your pencils/boot up your computers and keep track of that word count March 1-31. We’re also trying to collect as many copies as possible of Tattoos on the Heart by Gregory Boyle to donate to the Azusa Library for their One Book One Azusa program. Please bring one to donate if you can!
Deplorable Relatives and Scheming Rivals: How Minor Characters Enrich a Story
In this power point presentation, we discuss famous secondary characters from romance novels and the movies, and show how minor characters can be used to add dimensions to a story. For example, Caroline Bingley in Pride and Prejudice is the same character as the Baroness von Schroeder in The Sound of Music and the same character as the wicked stepsisters (either one) in Cinderella. The heroine’s journey to happily ever after is even more satisfying if there is a Mean Girl getting her comeuppance.
We look at other classic minor characters, too, and discuss what purpose they serve to make the heroine more sympathetic and more compelling. Examples will include The Kindly Benefactor, The Staunch Supporter, The Impossibly Good Person (who’s going to die, of course) and the Villain in Disguise.
BIO: Anne Cleeland holds a degree in English from UCLA as well as a degree in law from Pepperdine University, and is a member of the California State Bar. She writes a historical romance series set in the Regency period as well as a contemporary mystery series set in New Scotland Yard. A member of Romance Writers of America, The Historical Novel Society and Mystery Writers of America, she lives in California and has four children. www.annecleeland.com; @annecleeland.
Saturday, March 1, 2014
10:15AM at Azusa City Library @ 729 N. Dalton Ave., Azusa, CA 91702
Annual membership with EVA is only $30 and $5 per month meeting fees. With your membership, you receive the benefit of participating in the critique group which meets directly after our monthly meetings.
Please join us, and feel free to bring a friend (or two, or three).
Remember, guests are welcome to attend their FIRST EVA meeting free!