Create Characters That Take Your Novel to the Bestseller List: July 18 Webinar with Critique by Agent Andrea Hurst

What makes a character jump off the page and keep an agent, publisher, or reader hooked to the end of the book? The most effective and successful novels create characters who continuously deepen in personality through internal and external conflict, characters who reveal themselves through dialogue and action, and characters who genuinely and naturally transform by the end of the book.

Because characters are so important, we’ve enlisted a pair of writing instructors — agent Andrea Hurst and writer Terry Persun — to teach “Create Characters That Take Your Novel to the Bestseller List.” This all-new webinar happens at 1 p.m., EST, Thursday, July 18, 2013, and lasts 90 minutes. All attendees are guaranteed a personalized critique of their writing (details below). Don’t forget that multiple literary agents have signed writers after critiquing their work through a WD webinar; you could be next!


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You are invited to submit a one-paragraph book pitch and a character sketch of your novel. All submissions are guaranteed a written critique by literary agent Andrea Hurst or award-winning author Terry Persun. If Andrea is interested in your project, she may request additional materials from you.


  • How to bring your characters to life
  • How to avoid creating cardboard characters
  • What a character arc is (and what makes it work)
  • Common mistakes authors make—that often result in rejections
  • How to add depth and layers to your character development
  • What makes a character memorable and authentic. Sign up for the webinar here.


Andrea Hurst has over 25 years of experience as a developmental editor, literary agent and published author. Her client list includes emerging new voices and New York Times bestselling authors such as Dr. Bernie Siegel, Penny Warner and Jean Michel Cousteau. She is the founder of Andrea Hurst Literary Management (, and a faculty member for the MFA program in Creative Writing at Northwest Institute of Literary Arts. Andrea looks for books that will take her on a journey to another place, and leave her with an unforgettable impression.

Terry Persun is an award-winning author and a #1 Amazon bestseller. He is also a Pushcart nominee. His mainstream novel, WOLF’S RITE, was a Star of Washington Award winner, a POW! Award winner, and a ForeWord magazine Book of the Year finalist. His science fiction novel, CATHEDRAL OF DREAMS, was also a ForeWord magazine Book of the Year finalists. And his historical novel, SWEET SONG, won a Silver IPPY Award for best regional fiction. Terry writes in many genres—historical fiction, mainstream, literary, and science fiction/fantasy.

Sign up for the webinar here!


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