Noon–5 p.m.
Afternoon Character Intensive: Bring Your Characters to Life on the Page

Regular $87.50
Low Income $61.25
Member $78.75
Open to All Levels
Open Book-Loft Classroom
Number of Sessions
Day of the Week
Single Session
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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.

A supply list to bring to the first class will be provided in your confirmation email and is required in order to get the most out of this class. Bring a bag lunch or get lunch before class from the cafe downstairs.