Online: Zoom

Fictional Characters I: Creating Unforgettable Characters

Friday, July 7th, 10:30am-1:30pm (EST).
Online: Zoom
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Level: For Everyone
Adult (18+)
20 seats max

Are your characters living up to their potential? Are you under-describing or over-describing? Are you relying too much on physical description, and are your descriptions too “on the nose"? In this dynamic class, we'll use passages from classic and contemporary fiction to discuss ways to create unforgettable characters that add depth, heft, and texture to a novel. We’ll consider different ways to introduce characters in a story, and we’ll discuss a range of techniques for creating more memorable ones.

You can also take this class with "Fictional Characters II: Heroes & Villains," happening Friday, August 4th, 10:30am-1:30pm.

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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