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Creating Memorable, Three-Dimensional Characters

$65.00
Members
$75.00
Non-members
Friday, August 19th, from 6:00pm-9:00pm (EST).
Online: Zoom
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Level: For Everyone
Adult (18+)
13 seats max
Only 4 spots left!

Some writers talk about creating connections with their characters so deep that the characters feel like real people. But how do you bring memorable, three-dimensional characters to life enough to make that connection?

In this workshop, equally suitable for fiction writers and screenwriters, we will view and analyze various movie/TV/Novels scenes and dissect them to see what makes the characters memorable. You will learn the power of subtext: how to embed details of motivation—thoughts, wants, goals, secrets, flaws, and delusions—into physical behavior, speech patterns, and specific habits that echo throughout your story. You will also learn how to distinguish your central character from every other character and from his or her environment, as a means of further establishing the character in the world of the story. You'll receive handouts and a series of questions you can pose for your own work which come from Atlas' co-authored book, Dating Your Character.

Come to class with your most important characters in mind, and leave with a better understanding about how to bring them to life.



Class Format

This class will take place using Zoom videoconferencing. About 15 minutes before your class is scheduled to begin, you'll receive an email from your instructor with a link to join the class meeting!



Scholarship Information

Thanks to the excellent literary citizenship of our donors, scholarships are available for all GrubStreet classes. To apply, click the gray "APPLY FOR SCHOLARSHIP" button. In order to be considered for a scholarship, you must complete your application at least one week before the start date of a class. Please await our scholarship committee's decision before registering for the class. We cannot hold spots in classes, so the sooner you apply, the better. Scholarships cannot be applied retroactively.

For more more detailed information about GrubStreet scholarships, including how to contribute to scholarship funds for other students, click here.

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Instructor

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Marilyn R Atlas
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Elements

  • Generate New Work
  • Craft Lessons
  • In-Class Writing
  • Instructor Feedback
  • Lecture

Genre

  • The Novel
  • Short Fiction

Commitment Level

Low

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