Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Catherine Linka on Desire: “The Story’s Heart”

Date(s) - 11/09/2022
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm


Desire: The Story’s Heart


At the heart of every story is what the main character desires. Desire fuels the story action and creates conflict with others. It sets the stakes and motivates the protagonist to take a physical and emotional journey that forever changes them. 

Even more important, knowing what the character wants makes the job of writing their story much easier!

Still, desire is often multi-layered and complex, so how does a writer unearth what their character wants and even more important, why they want it?

Regardless of whether a writer is penning a picture book or novel, this webinar will help them identify what their character wants and why by examining the four facets of character desire.


Fees are non-refundable.

SCBWI members: $10 

Nonmembers: $15



A writer of character-driven suspense, Catherine Linka is the author of A Girl Called Fearless and its sequel, A Girl Undone. Kirkus called her most recent novel, What I Want You to See, “an engrossing novel about art, self-expression, and making amends.” It received a starred review from Booklist and was a Bank Street College of Education Best Book of 2021 for 14+. Catherine received her MFA in writing from the Vermont College of Fine Arts. Her workshops and lectures focus on character desire and the story core.



Register Below:

This virtual webinar will be presented via Zoom Wednesday, November 9 at 6:30 PM Pacific. Registration is required. Note that registration closes at midnight, Sunday, November 6, or once we reach capacity. Register now to reserve your spot! If you are an SCBWI member, please log in to your SCBWI account to register.


All confirmed registrants will receive an email containing the event’s access information by Tuesday, November 8.