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Unlocking the Story: Character Intensive

Friday, May 17th, 10:00am-5:00pm
GrubStreet HQ
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Level: For Everyone
Adult (18+)
13 seats max

In creating stories, many writers focus on what happens without enough consideration as to the why. Storytelling at its best functions on two levels: the outside story, i.e., the story beats, the plot, the action, and the inside story, i.e., the character’s emotional journey. The most successful stories intertwine the two to achieve not just a satisfying conclusion but one that stays with the reader long past the final page. This intensive focuses on techniques to create characters who feel real, with motivations, desires, wants, and needs. Through examples and readings, students will explore how characters are actually a novel-writing secret weapon and how to wield them for the most effective results in their stories. Students will be developing their characters in class with the opportunity for feedback from the instructors and classmates. Students will leave with a key understanding: characters drive the plot, not the other way around.

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Lori Goldstein
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  • Class Discussion
  • Lecture
  • Craft Lessons


  • The Novel
  • Short Fiction

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