Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Intensive November 14, 2020 with Tiffany Liao, Senior Editor – Straight Through the Heart: How to Make Readers Fall in Love With Your Characters

Date(s) - 11/14/2020 - 11/16/2020
9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Registration is re-opened through Sunday for those who missed registering in time to attend and wish to receive the recording of the fabulous Intensive with Tiffany Liao.


November 14, 2020

9:00 A.M. – noon Pacific Time

On-Line Registrations please watch your e-mail for the Zoom link being sent out this Thursday, 11/12/20 in the evening. If you don’t see it, please check your SPAM/JUNK file and any other email addresses you have before  contacting ARA Debbie Snyder at


Tiffany Liao, Senior Editor, Henry Holt Books for Young Readers


Straight Through the Heart: How to Make Readers Fall in Love with Your Characters

With every book I edit, I always start with one big question: what does the character want? Your character motivation is the heart of the story and will inform every element in your book including voice, plot, pacing, and world-building. I’ll show you how to dig deep into your character to establish a motivation that is compelling, believable, and urgently drives the story forward from page to page.


  Tiffany Liao is an Editor at Henry Holt Books for Young Readers. Previously, she worked as an Associate Editor at Razorbill, an imprint of Penguin Random House. A Bay Area native, Tiffany now resides in Brooklyn where she continues to pine for a good avocado. She (mostly) tweets about bookish things at @tiff_liao.


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