Beyond Red-Haired, Green-Eyed Protagonists: Questions to Ponder as You Develop Main Characters (Online)

  • Monday, June 15, 2020
  • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
  • Zoom Room 1, Class Code: WR061520JG
  • 68


  • Please register so we can email you a Zoom link to the event.

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**This workshop will be conducted via live streaming with Zoom.** 

Writers tend to focus on character description, but does eye color really matter? Hair color and texture? Body type? Learn when appearance matters and when it doesn’t, and what qualities are much more important. We’ll also briefly touch on our own psyches and how we project ourselves onto our characters. That’s not a bad thing!

Join Martha Kay Salinas in a fun, question-and-answer Zoom session (I ask the questions, you write down the answers) that will lead you into developing more rounded characters. It’s not exactly a brainstorming session. It’s more of a brain tickling exercise.

Sample questions:

What is the worst thing that’s ever happened to your character?
What strength in your protagonist needs to be tested?
What vulnerability needs to be exposed?

Format: I’ll say a few words to frame the exercise and then we’ll get started. There might be time for a short discussion at the end.

Materials: Come with a character in mind. Link into Zoom from your computer, and take notes in any format you desire. You will be sent a link to the Zoom meeting the day prior to the class. 


  • This class will be taught via the Zoom video conferencing program. For a great video on how to use Zoom, watch this tutorial.
  • This event is free but please register. An email will be sent to you 1 day before the start date with the Zoom video conferencing link to join the class. Please watch for this email.

Instructor bio:

Martha Kay Salinas writes young adult fiction and spends way too much time writing for Facebook instead of working on her blog. In an earlier life she worked as a marriage and family therapist. She earned an MFA in Creative Writing in 2015, and she’s currently writing a young adult novel set in 1968.

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