Heroes, Villains, and Victims: Workshop Recap

From reflections on the shadow side of heroes and the villain’s hole-in-the-heart to advice on structuring a mystery, bestselling author Nancy Martin led participants in Puget Sound SinC’s first all-day workshop through a fast-paced day. The highly interactive activities included creating a diagram of your three main characters to reveal the common characteristics that brought them into relationship, as well as related tasks, such as honing your plot into an agent-and-publisher-ready pitch.

“Heroes, Villains, and Victims: The Eternal Triangle” took place on Saturday, April 27th at the Phinney Neighborhood Center in Seattle. It was well attended by writers at every stage of their careers, and the feedback from them was very enthusiastic.

Other highlights of the day included a panel with local authors Curt Colbert, Candace Robb, and Ingrid Thoft. Questions from moderator Sarah Niebuhr Rubin elicited thoughtful and humorous responses on their experiences with developing their own characters.  At lunchtime, Phinney Books was on hand to sell the presenting authors’ work.

Organized by Puget Sound Sisters in Crime, the workshop was supported by grants from Sisters in Crime national, including its Speakers Bureau, which made Nancy Martin’s participation possible.

Many thanks to Nancy and the other speakers, as well as Phinney Books, the Phinney Neighborhood Center, and the SinC chapter organizers and volunteers. All contributed to the success of the day.