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Developing Memorable Characters - Remote!

Saturday, August 21st, from 10:30am-1:30pm (EST).
Remote! (Live Zoom Meetings)
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Level: Intermediate
Adult (18+)
14 seats max

Ideas for stories often start with a character in a situation or struggling with a problem. Sometimes we know our characters so well, there's no question what they would do in any situation. Other times we may be at a loss for where to take our characters. This seminar focuses on developing authentic characters who are memorable and believable. Characters who have strong points of view, interesting personalities and clear motivations.

During our time, we will analyze characterization through some of our own favorite literary characters. You will bring your own characters to the group to introduce them and be given ways to enhance their memorability. We will engage in fun activities that support character development and you will be given space to write your characters into a few scenes that you can use as you start or complete your writing projects.

This class will be hosted using live Zoom meetings! You will be able to participate in class via Zoom videoconference from wherever you’re most comfortable. All you’ll need is a laptop or a phone! 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 via Zoom–no need to download anything or sign up for Zoom in advance! If you have questions about remote learning, please feel free to reach out to [email protected] for more information.

For a glimpse at how remote learning works, look no further than the deep Zoom discussion of writing and literature below:

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Elizabeth Santiago
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