“Developing Authentic and Compelling Characters in Fiction” with John Pipkin
April 1 2023 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM CDT$59.00 – $119.00
This Event is for Members only.
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$59 for Members
$119 for Non-Members
Can’t make it to the live class? No problem! All classes are recorded and made available to class registrants for one month.
Characters are the most important part of any story.
Creating fictional characters (or even characters based on real people) requires a balance between the unusual quirks that make a character compelling, and the realistic, ordinary details that make a character believable.
This class will examine strategies and writing exercises for developing your characters in a way that will keep readers engaged with your story. Sometimes, the most important aspects of a character are the things that happen off the page, the interests and impulses that that character would be pursuing if they didn’t have to be engaged in the plot that you’ve thrown them into. So, before you can get a reader to believe in and care about your characters, you need to get to know them yourself.
TAKE THIS CLASS IF
- You want to create characters that readers believe in and care about.
- You have a great idea for a plot, but you are struggling to create characters who are fully engaged in your story.
- You write novels or short stories.
- You want to write memorable characters.
- You want to fine tune your characters so that they are the ones driving the plot, and not just along for the ride.
The deadline to register for this class is Friday, March 31 at 5:00 PM CT.
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HOW WLT CLASSES WORK:Our classes offer a combination of lecture and practical exercises, determined by the individual instructor, on focused aspects of the craft and business of writing. Your fellow participants will come from a range of writing experience, from beginners to people with MFA degrees and published books. WLT instructors, participants, and administrators all work together to create a welcoming, supportive environment.
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This project is also supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. To find out more about how National Endowment for the Arts grants impact individuals and communities, visit www.arts.gov.