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Melody Maysonet

Creating Captivating Characters

Saturday, February 18

12:30– 2:30 pm

*Glades Branch Library*

20701 95th Ave S, Boca Raton, FL 33434

If you want your book to make a lasting impression, your reader needs to care deeply what happens to your characters. In this workshop, YA author Melody Maysonet will discuss what makes a captivating character and offer concrete techniques for creating them.

Bio: Melody Maysonet has been an English teacher, editor, columnist, and ghostwriter. A self-proclaimed geek, she loves reading fantasy, but prefers writing edgy, real-world fiction—as evidenced by her first novel, A Work of Art (Simon & Schuster), which received a Starred Review from Kirkus, won the 2016 Hoffer Award for best fiction, and was named a Best Book of 2015 by YA Books Central. Her upcoming YA book, What We Wish For (Blackstone Publishing) will be available in 2024. You can learn more about Melody on her website or follow her on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook.


Please let me know if you’re coming (or hope to be there) so I can prepare and make sure there are enough seats. You can reply to an e-mail reminder, on a Facebook post, or shoot me an e-mail:

We hope you’ll join us after the workshop at Panera Bread in Mission Bay Plaza. 20437 State Road 7 Boca Raton, FL 33498. Make a right out of the library onto Glades Road. Cross 441, and turn into the Mission Bay Plaza. Panera will be close to Glades Road. 


SCBWI Florida

Safety Protocols

Free Face-to-Face Meetings

The following protocols have been developed based on CDC guidelines,

requirement and recommendations from SCBWI headquarters,

and taking into consideration the requirements of our various meeting facilities.

  1. 1. Masks are not required, but are highly recommended. 
  2. 2. We highly recommend that those who attend be vaccinated or have a negative test before attending.
  3. 3. If you are not feeling well, please be considerate of others and do not attend the meeting.
  4. 4. If you are unable to attend a face-to-face meeting, remember, we will have Virtual Free Meetings every other month.
  5. 5. Masks and hand sanitizer will be available at each Free Meeting location.

If you have any questions about these protocols, please email us at Thank you for following our protocols to help ensure the health and safety of our faculty and participants. While SCBWI Florida has COVID-19 precautions and procedures established for our events, please know that you assume all risks associated with attending any in-person gathering.