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Creating character

4 Sundays, 2 pm - 4:30 pm Taught by Rebecca Makkai

  • Starts Nov 13
  • 265 US dollars
  • Online

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Class Description

How do we create characters who will both cause interesting things to happen and be changed by their world? How do we get a whole lifetime across without an awkward backstory dump? What differences should we consider when crafting characters for novels versus short stories? How can a memoirist get real-life characters onto the page?‍ This workshop is designed to help participants write an original short story or the first chapter of a novel or memoir -- or to continue work on one in progress. Participants will work on their projects outside of the workshop sessions. In each session, Rebecca will teach a different aspect of writing craft. (In our four sessions, we’ll focus on backstory, motivation, dialogue, and character evolution.) There will be discussion of what we're writing and what we're reading, but sessions will primarily focus on Rebecca’s craft lessons. Because you won't be workshopping each other, this class will be a friendly and challenging learning environment for writers at all levels of education and experience. Please note: We will skip Sunday, November 27 and end the session on December 11. Instructor bio: Rebecca Makkai’s last novel, THE GREAT BELIEVERS, was a finalist for both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award; it was the winner of the ALA Carnegie Medal, the Stonewall Book Award, the Clark Prize, and the LA Times Book Prize; and it was one of the New York Times' Ten Best Books of 2018. Her other books are the novels THE BORROWER and THE HUNDRED-YEAR HOUSE, and the collection MUSIC FOR WARTIME—four stories from which appeared in The Best American Short Stories. A 2022 Guggenheim Fellow, Rebecca is on the MFA faculties of Sierra Nevada University and Northwestern University, and is Artistic Director of StoryStudio Chicago. Her new novel, I HAVE SOME QUESTIONS FOR YOU, is forthcoming in 2023. Please note: Each session will be recorded and the recording made available for one week. All times are Pacific Time.

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Cancellation Policy

Because class size is limited, refunds are not given unless we can fill your spot.

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