Online October 2023 Class


Those Who Forget the Past – Using Backstory to Enhance Your Novel

Online Workshop with Cynthia Owens

October 1-31


What’s the first thing a construction crew does when building a house? It’s not the walls, the windows, or the doors. The first thing the crew does is dig the foundation. That’s what backstory is to a writer, and it’s one of the most important tools for creating your characters. Backstory not only explains what came before the story began, but also predicts what will happen and how your characters will react to it.


In “Those Who Forget the Past: Using Backstory to Enhance Your Novel,” multi-published author, Cynthia Owens, will give you the tools you need to create your character’s deepest secrets from their past, including:

  • prologues
  • flashbacks
  • dialogue
  • and more.

She will dissect the backstory scene and show you how to weave it into your story. She’ll also show you a new way to plot using backstory.

Join Cynthia Owens on the COFW digital class site as she shows you how to enhance your novel with backstory.
About the Instructor

Cynthia Owens is a white woman with short-cropped red hair. She's leaning against the rail between two stone pillars that show a hint of pretty blue water.

A former journalist and lifelong Hibernophile, I enjoyed a previous career as a reporter/editor for a small chain of community newspapers before returning to my first love, romantic fiction. My stories combine friendship, loyalty, and love…along with Irish settings, heroes and heroines, and sometimes all three.

I teach specialized workshops for writers on a variety of subjects.

You can find out more about me at my website.

Registration cost for this month-long course is:
  • $30 for COFW Members.
  • $35 for all others

Important: After you pay, you must use the PayPal option to “Return to Merchant” to supply the additional information we need to finalize your registration. If your browser does not return you the page for “step 2,” do no re-submit the form. That could result in you being charged again.  Please email our Treasurer: Stacy McKitrick, who will check our Paypal account to ensure you were registered, and who will then provide you that link so that can finish entering the necessary information.

Our Education Chair is using Google Groups for this one, and your invite should come out around 9/29/23. You will not receive any email until then. The fact that Paypal returned you to our page to provide additional information is your confirmation you’ve been registered.

Register now, before we fill up. This is another superb instructor and course.