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Sat, Feb 10


ECPI University

How to Give Your Characters Voice

Excavate your characters to find gold

How to Give Your Characters Voice
How to Give Your Characters Voice

Time & Location

Feb 10, 2024, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM EST

ECPI University, 4101 Doie Cope Rd, Raleigh, NC 27613, USA

About the Event

Join us in person or online via Zoom for a presentation from bestselling and award-winning author Barbara Claypole White. A recording will be available for one week.

Free for chapter members. 

Nonmembers, register at the following link:


What Barbara says about voice: 

Whether I’m creating a secondary teen character with anxiety or breathing life into a male protagonist with PTSD, character is my thing. I’m especially drawn to dark, quirky characters.

In this presentation, I’ll talk about my character research methods, how I excavate characters, how I drill down into their emotional layers and relationships to find gold, and how I edit their voices. (Spoiler alert: I edit by character.)

My aim will be to share ideas on building powerful characters with distinct and memorable voices. Because you want everyone to fall in love with your characters, right? (And yes, that includes the grumpy ones.)


Barbara Claypole White was born in England, but writes and gardens in the forests of Orange County. She's also on the advisory council for the A2A Alliance, a nonprofit that promotes a simple idea: we help ourselves by helping others.


Her passion for chipping away at stereotypes of mental illness inspires quirky, hopeful stories about troubled but courageous characters and complicated relationships. Her novels include: The Unfinished Garden, which won the Golden Quill for Best First Book; The In-Between Hour, a SIBA Okra Pick; The Perfect Son, a Goodreads Choice Awards Semifinalist; Echoes of Family, a WFWA Star Award Finalist; and The Promise Between Us, a 2018 Nautilus Award Winner for books that foster positive change in the world. Novel 6 is about to go on submission with her new agent. Woot!

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