Upcoming Events

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September 18, 2019 Webinar

Building Better Characters- Using the Psychology of Backstory to Create Characters that Leap off the Page

Members are invited to attend a webinar, hosted by The Creative Academy and Eileen Cook, exclusively for members of Sisters in Crime – Canada West and members of The Creative Academy!

Cost Free
When September 18, 2019 at 7:00 pm Pacific Time
Where On Zoom
How to attend Watch your inbox for a Zoom link, which we’ll send out closer to the event

Please mark your calendars and plan to join us for this event. We expect it will last about an hour to an hour and a half, depending on the questions after the presentation.

About the presentation:

Compelling characters are what keep readers turning pages and buying books — from fantasies to mysteries to the great literary novel. But how do you create characters that feel three-dimensional and real on the page? Counsellor and author Eileen Cook shares common psychological techniques to help you build your characters and take your story to the next level.

The presentation will cover

  • understanding your character’s backstory and how it impacts their choices in your book by doing a structured counselling interview,
  • personality structure (Myers Briggs and Emotional Intelligence) and how that may lead to conflict, and
  • dissecting the Stages of Change to see how your character moves through them.

About Eileen Cook:

Eileen Cook is a multi-published author with her books appearing in nine languages. Her book WITH MALICE was called “a seriously creepy thriller” by Entertainment Weekly. In her pre-writer life, Eileen was a counselor and she now uses her knowledge of psychology to create a new approach to creative writing.

About The Creative Academy:

The Creative Academy is a vibrant online community designed to help writers at every stage of their writer journey. With craft and publishing tips, online “office hours,” sprints, forums, and master classes there’s something for every writer.


November 13-15, 2020:  Canada West 2020 Conference 

To be held in Vancouver. Details are here.


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