Ask any reader what they remember most about their favorite books, and they’ll likely say it was the characters they fell in love with. Great stories begin with memorable characters; ones we think about long after the story is finished. Clever character development can be challenging, but there are certain tricks that can help you with this process.
In this interactive three-session workshop, you will learn how to create protagonists readers love, antagonists they’d love to hate, and secondary characters that jump off the page. Expert Caryn DeVincenti will show you how to dive deep into character traits, the goal / want / obstacle formula, work on character profiles and journals, and develop character arcs.
You will partake in writing discussions and brief prompts during the workshop and will leave with a strong understanding on what’s most important to reveal about a character in a story, how to hone your writing skills, how to “flesh out” flat characters, and how to write a compelling secondary cast. You will also be provided with printable character profile worksheets to keep and add to your “writer’s toolbox.”
Whether you are a seasoned writer, or are just beginning, this workshop will equip you with the tools and techniques you need to begin your journey of writing the breakout novel!
Delve into: character arcs, goal/want/obstacle, naming your cast, character traits and descriptions
Learn to add quirks, flesh out characters, character “voice”, advanced dialogue/dialect, interior monologue, nonverbal gestures
Explore the deeper psychology of motivation and character personality traits: learning sympathy & empathy, crafting interesting antagonists/abolishing clichéd villains, secondary characters
Recommended Reading: Characters, Emotions, and Viewpoint by Nancy Kress (Writers Digest Series)
All of our workshops are held over Zoom.
You will receive an email 30 minutes before the workshop begins with the link to join the Zoom meeting. We highly recommend you to create a Zoom account prior to class.
If you do not see the Zoom link in your inbox 30 minutes before the workshop, PLEASE CHECK YOUR SPAM / JUNK MAIL!
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