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design an intriguing backstory


Design a backstory for each of your characters that gives them depth and mystery, and makes their story actions relevant and cohesive.

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Barbara Vance




1h 34m

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Course Description

Designing backstory helps a storyteller understand why a character behaves the way she does. It gives depth to both the character’s actions and her emotional journey throughout the story. In this workshop we will examine how to brainstorm backstory, select relevant pieces of information, and reveal or withhold information to create suspense.

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What People Are Saying


I found this one enormously helpful. I was DROWNING in so many backstory ideas, and I didn’t know how to fit them in my story. This workshop really helped me pare down my ideas and identify the ones most relevant to the story. I think my story is a lot stronger now.

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Like all of Barbara’s courses, so good. This definitely made me write more serious backstory—I had a lot of fluff in my initial ideas.

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“The workbook is really helpful. The way she has us look at multiple persepctives made me see how boring my backstory was. I had conceived it like it *was* a certain way, but this workshop made me work a lot more nuance and interpretation into it. This really elevated my novel. The backstory timeline exercise was also really helpful. One of the things I really appreciate about Barbara’s workshops is how concrete she is. She has you go through each step and really write your ideas down in an organized way. It is amazing how much this changes the way you write. Definitely five stars.”

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“Loved it.”

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Barbara Vance, PhD

I am a writer and instructor who has been blessed to help thousands of writers bring their stories to life.

My degrees include a B.A. in literature, an MA in Literature and Creative Writing, and a PhD in storytelling and media. Prior to launching my own company, I taught writing and storytelling at a tier-one university.

Over the past sixteen years I have developed a widely acclaimed collection of courses designed to help writers develop their stories, stay on track, and finish what they start . . . even while juggling busy careers and a family.

I am also the author of a multi-award-winning poetry collection, and my poems are licensed for use in anthologies and curricula around the world.

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