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The Alchemy of Character

Sunday, May 5, 2019

3:00PM - 6:00PM

$60 New Student | $45 Returning

Live Stream Available

Alchemy was an ancient esoteric science that focused on the transmutation of one substance into a more precious one. However, those who’ve studied alchemy from a psychologist’s perspective have identified that the processes of alchemy also offer potent metaphors for personal transformation. Like alchemists, fiction writers are constantly putting their characters through the crucible of conflict to force growth.

In this three-hour seminar, you’ll learn about the seven main stages of alchemy and how they correspond to stages of growth in characters. In addition, we’ll take a fresh look at plot points as “transformational events,” and how to use them to make sure every significant character in your story has an arc. We’ll also discuss how the worlds we create are really alchemical that create specific types of characters with unique trajectories.

By the time we’re done with our experiments, you’ll have all the tools to turn that leaden manuscript into gold.

Fee: $60 or $45 for former/current students | Live Stream Available!

  • Jaye Wells, Presenter

  • Sunday, May 5th, 2019 - 3:00PM to 6:00PM

  • Seminar meets at The Drawing Board at 75 & Campbell: 1900 Jay Ell Dr / Richardson, TX / 75081

  • Live Stream is available for students who live outside of Dallas. Just let us know when you register.

  1. Contact us HERE if you have any questions about this seminar.

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Instructor Jaye Wells is a USA Today-bestselling author of nineteen speculative fiction books, including her most recent novel, High Lonesome Sound. She holds an MFA in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University. Learn more about Jaye at

Student Testimonials

“Jaye Wells led a great Novel Workshop for the past 8 weeks. I'm pleased to have been part of the group that went through this and recommend her and WWD to any serious writer.”

“This was an amazing class. Jaye Wells is passionate about teaching and excellent at it as well as at writing. The intersection of those two things made this a wonderful class. She also has a knack for providing critiques that are honest and constructive in a manner that was just what I needed. I was thrilled to have an opportunity to do a 1:1 with Jaye as well.”

“The workshops are run by published authors/poets, which I really appreciate as I think the goal for most people taking these workshops is to be published. Not only are they giving you excellent information/suggestions, but they're doing so from a well of real-world publishing experience. Jaye Wells' seminar on world building was great—she not only gave us invaluable insights into the art of world building, but she also approached it from a practical standpoint, helping us to understand how to balance her suggestions with the ultimate goal of real-world publication. I highly recommend these workshops. They're an excellent value for the price.”

"I took the Novel Workshop with Jaye Wells this fall and it was extremely helpful. She shared many of her personal tips for writing, organizing, world building, plus provided articles on relevant topics. Great class. Highly recommend."