Breathing Life Into Characters

Regular $70.00
Member $63.00
9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Open to All Levels
Online—Live Meeting
Number of Sessions
Day of the Week
Single Session
Class Fiction Genre Rectangle

Creating a character who seems real is one of the most fascinating and challenging aspects of fiction writing. How does a writer depict fictional people who seem to come alive? In four intensive hours of writing exercises, readings, and discussion, we'll explore that question. We will practice the art of imagining human beings. In this class, writers will work on character development: imagining the details of a character's body, past, living room, bad habits.

In focused writing exercises, we'll figure out details of where our characters live and work, their routines, the things they hide. Writers will practice the imaginative art of embodying character. We'll discuss both common mistakes and the more subtle aspects of characterization. Discussion will cover the myriad unseen ways character work contributes to story and how to decide which details to include. Although this is a fiction class, all genres and levels are welcome; be prepared to write! Come work hard and have fun in an atmosphere of artistic camaraderie. Writers should come with a character or two in mind whom they would like to develop. A few short readings will be emailed shortly before the start of class. Please read what you can, print out or have onscreen, and have on hand to refer to during our class time.

Instructions for Accessing This Online Class

In order to access live class meetings, you must have the Zoom application downloaded to your computer. You will also need a WiFi/Internet connection throughout the duration of your scheduled meeting and a computer with audio and video capability. The information to join your Zoom classroom will be provided in your confirmation email upon registration. Please check spam folders if you do not see this email upon registration. For more information on how to use Zoom, please see our training manual here.

Some classes use a supplemental Google Classroom page. Should your teaching artist use Google Classroom, you will be invited to join the classroom via email at least 24 hours in advance of your class (check spam folders if you are not seeing this invitation). Please note that Google Classroom requires a Gmail address to access the Classroom. If you do not have a Gmail account, the email invitation will be sent to the email address we have on file and will prompt you to create a free account or enter an existing account to join the classroom. If we are unable to send an email invitation to your non-gmail account, you will be contacted by a staff member to provide a Gmail address. If you do not have a Gmail account, you can create a free account here. Should you have concerns about this, please contact a Loft staff member at or 612-379-8999. For more information on how to use Google Classroom, please see our training manual here.