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Theme and Motif: Work Smarter, Not Harder

February 9, 2019 @ 1:00 am - 4:00 pm

All the stories we tell have meanings that are both personal to us, the storytellers, and global to our readers. This workshop looks at ways to find deeper meanings in the stories you want to write, and ways to use those meanings—the themes—to keep your stories on track, consistent and inevitable, but not predictable. Motifs are those story elements that embed themselves in stories—Birds? Travel? Mountains? Lakes and rivers? Gems? Songs? Activities?—that enrich stories by bringing their metaphoric values to the reader. Knowing what you want your stories to say to your readers, and using carefully chosen symbols to represent the meaning, the theme, of your story, will enhance the experience for your readers… and make brainstorming what comes next and what your characters should be doing a lot easier to plan.

Award-winning, national best-selling author Kate Freiman is the only remaining charter member of Toronto Romance Writers. Kate served five terms as TRW president and/or co-president, founded and was the early coordinator of the chapter contest now called The Catherine (in honor of a deceased chapter member), and established the delicious tradition of awarding chocolates for good and not-so-good news during accolades.

Kate earned a B.A. and an M.A. in English lit and wrote her thesis on British detective novels of the Golden Age (1920-1939); she’s a self-proclaimed expert as figuring out “who dunnit,” and currently serves at the president of Toronto Sisters in Crime. She is an RWA Golden Heart, First Coast Romance Writers Beacon, Heart of Denver Romance Writers Aspen Gold and New Jersey Romance Writers Golden Leaf winner and an RWA RITA finalist. Kate’s stories, ranging from romantic comedies to heart-tugging romances to romantic fantasies, have been published by Harlequin/Silhouette and Jove, and she is on the precipice of launching her independent-publishing career. Kate teaches online and in-person workshops on various writing and storytelling topics and has served as mentor of the TRW’s critique loop


February 9, 2019
1:00 am - 4:00 pm
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