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Afternoon Character Intensive: Bring Your Characters to Life on the Page

Date: 3/29/18

Location: Open Book-Loft Classroom

Day of the Week: Thursday

Time: 12:00 - 5:00 pm

Ages: Adult

Class Level: Open to All Levels

Genre: Multigenre

• Regular: $87.50
• Member: $78.75
• Low-Income: $61.25

Characters are the heartbeat of story—whether imagined or real, they must come alive on the page. Author Marilynne Robinson says that great characters create an almost "emotional entanglement" with a reader. But how do you, as a writer, work with characters? What if they are too mysterious or bore you? What if you can't imagine how to bring them to life?

This afternoon class will let you audition the most compelling cast for your fiction or memoir, then free them from any conscious or unconscious paralysis (safe, stuck places), via in-class exercises, craft lessons, and sample reading. We'll explore key character-building skills such as longing and desire, external and internal motivation, physical appearance, community, values, secrets, backstory, gestures, and more. You'll begin to write characters who will last in your reader's memory and attract publishers. For memoir or fiction writers at any stage. Bring a bag lunch or get lunch before class from the cafe downstairs.