New Class!

Building Humans on the Page

Saturday, January 26th, 3:00-4:30pm
BPL - Mattapan Branch
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Level: For Everyone
Adult (18+)
25 seats max

For many new writers, character creation begins and ends at the surface level. We can describe a character’s eye color, hair color, skin color, and height. We know what her laugh sounds like, which leg he limps on, that she lisps the word snake, that he has a scar bisecting his right eyebrow (and it is almost always the right eyebrow). But while such vivid physical descriptions help readers imagine our characters (and some of the best ones may even help us recall them fondly years later), by focusing on the surface level alone, we have not created characters, but a Pepper, a robot created by the Softbank Corp. and described by its CEO Masayoshi Son as “affectionate robots that can make people smile.” So how do we turn our “affectionate robots” and turn them into characters? By digging beneath the shiny surface layer to choose the right nuts and bolts to bring our androids to life.

Families welcome. Coffee and snacks provided. Teens are welcome to attend with an older relative. We will provide simple activities to keep young children occupied.

Who Should Register?

Write Down the Street has a special focus on making the creative writing workshop more accessible to those who have been underrepresented in it due to cost, racism, immigration status, language access, lack of access to transportation, and other barriers. We believe that these voices must be spotlighted with the range and fullness they deserve.

These programs are offered tuition-free thanks to the support of generous donors who are committed to our mission of ensuring all voices are heard.

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Shawnna Thomas
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Previous Students Say

  • "Generative"
  • "Supportive Environment"


  • In-Class Writing Prompts
  • Generate New Work


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