Developing characters that evoke emotion and compel is essential to writing effective fiction. In this workshop, writers will learn specific techniques and strategies focused on developing unique, memorable characters. Aside from focusing on voice, agency, interiority, and memory as critical elements of character in fiction. the workshop will also explore other aspects of character development as they relate to tension, dialogue, and plot. We will complete weekly writing exercises, readings, and at the end of the workshop, all students will receive personal feedback in response to their submitted work. All ages, all skill levels, and novels of all genres welcome.
WHAT YOU’LL LEARN:
To create action and dialogue that reveals character and advances the narrative.
To develop unique characters with compelling voices.
To utilize tension, dialogue, and plot to develop more evocative characters.
To create characters who evoke empathy and intrigue readers.
To develop agency in your characters.
To create and utilize your character’s memory, thoughts, and psychology to make the narrative more engaging.
Week 1: Intro, discussion: what makes a good/compelling/memorable character?
Week 2: Voice/Interiority. Developing your character’s voice and inner life. Creating an intriguing voice for your character. How your character’s inner life and psychology drives the narrative.
Week 3: Memory. Revealing your character’s history. Using your character’s thoughts and memories to advance the narrative.
Week 4: Agency. Creating agency. Writing action and dialogue that reveals character and advances the narrative.
Week 5: Developing empathy.
Workshop will last five weeks. Classes will meet every Wednesday at Brew Ha-Ha Coffee Shop from 7pm-8pm.
Wednesday, July 3
Wednesday, July 10
Wednesday, July 17
Wednesday, July 24
Wednesday, July 31