Letters from the Program Director: Characters are the Heart

Hello, writers!

Our characters are the heart of our stories. More often than not, it’s our characters that readers connect to, root for, and feel for. But on the writer’s side of things, it takes a lot of work to create characters that will keep readers engaged. We need to spend time getting to know and understand who our characters are – the things they want and love, the things they can’t stand or want to change – and how they are influencing the story you’re trying to tell. Ultimately to write a compelling narrative, we need to make sure our characters are realistic, multidimensional, and interesting enough to help drive the story forward.

That’s why we’re excited to offer the class “Developing Authentic and Compelling Characters in Fiction” with John Pipkin this Saturday, April 1. If you want to create characters that readers believe in and care about and who are fully engaged in your story, you don’t want to miss this class.

All the best,
Sam Babiak
Program Director

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