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Margaret Mizushima | Presenter

Margaret Mizushima is the author of the award-winning and internationally published Timber Creek K-9 Mysteries. Active within the writing community, Margaret serves on the board for the Rocky Mountain chapter of Mystery Writers of America, was elected the 2019-2020 Writer of the Year by Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers, and is also a member ofNorthern Colorado Writers and Sisters in Crime. She lives in Colorado on a small ranch with her veterinarian husband where they raised two daughters and a multitude of animals. She can be found on Facebook/AuthorMargaretMizushima, on Twitter @margmizu, on Instagram at margmizu, and on her website at

Margaret is teaching a session on the following topic: 

Crafting Series Characters that Go the Distance WORKSHOP - Readers fall in love with series characters and await the release of each episode to see what happens to them next. Writers will benefit from digging deep into their protagonists prior to writing that first book, and this workshop will cover methods that will help craft 3-D characters that jump off the page. Tools for character development will be discussed such as character profiles, flaws and redeeming qualities, and goal-motivation-conflict outlines for episode and series arcs. The Enneagram, a model of the human psyche that focuses on personality type, emotional focus, and childhood wounds will be presented to help shape a protagonist’s internal arc.

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