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Elements of Craft

Creating Memorable, Three-Dimensional Characters

Friday, October 9th, 10:00am-5:00pm
Remote (Live Zoom Meetings)
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Level: For Everyone
Adult (18+)
12 seats max
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 class, equally suitable for fiction writers, screenwriters, and TV writers, we will view and analyze various movie 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. 
Come to class with your most important characters in mind, and leave with a better understanding about how to bring them to life.
Part of GrubStreet's Elements of Craft series, dedicated to exploring craft issues on a deeper level. For more on this series' offerings, click here.
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I prefer being taught by a person who exudes love for the subject and possesses a wealth of personal experience in it. Marilyn Atlas was that and more. She encouraged all of us with her positive nature and acceptance of our efforts. Enjoyable and informative.
- Tom Gotsill


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Marilyn R Atlas
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