MetroWest Writers’ Guild

Craft Talk with Alice Chao: MRU–a quick and dirty primer!

Craft Talk with Alice Chao: MRU--a quick and dirty primer!


March 18, 2023    
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm


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MRU are motivation reaction units, the building blocks of story. Something happens which triggers a reaction in your character. A story is a domino of these MRUs. Understanding what they are and how to harness them will help you effectively add subtext, emotional resonance, and meaning to your story.

Alice is a Canadian fantasy writer based in the UK. She’s fascinated by the spaces where identity and belonging intersect and explores these in her writing. A recovering lawyer and xiaolongbao enthusiast, she knits to soothe anxiety and has a deep abiding love for Hobonichi planners and kawaii planner stickers.

She lives in London with her historical geo-enthusiast hubby, chatterbox daughter, and sweet rescue pup. She’s grateful for the support of the Canada Council for the Arts. Her debut novel SHANGHAI IMMORTAL is out 1 June 2023 from Hodderscape. Find her online at and on Twitter and Instagram at @ay_chao.

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