Conference Schedule 2019
Saturday, February 23, 2019, 4:15 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.
Backstory: Moving Forward, Looking Back with Natashia Deón
Date(s): Saturday, February 23, 2019, 4:15 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.
Location: Heritage, University Club (view map)
Type(s): Presentation, Workshop
Genre and Form(s): Fiction, Mixed Genre
Tags: Narrative, Story, Backstory, Exposition, Scenes, Stereotypes, Details
About the Session
Backstories help to create the world of your story. It tells us what’s driving your protagonist (and antagonist) to take the action, to attain a goal, and what your protagonist feels about passionately. Layering the characterization with these histories show us who they are today and will help you avoid writing stereotypes. The aim of this workshop is to address backstory and to get your creative juices flowing in writing scenes (the past affecting the present) and relevant history details. These details, when woven successfully into pertinent places of your story, will give it added meaning.