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WDTS Mattapan: Using Character “Types” to Build Better Characters

Saturday, April 27th, 3:00pm - 4:30pm
BPL - Mattapan Branch
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Adult (18+)
25 seats max

Author Kristen Lamb wrote, “The key to creating better plots rests in a deeper understanding of character.” Lamb shares the belief with many writers that well-defined, layered, interesting characters beget equally well-defined, layered, and interesting plots. But where do we begin in our journey toward building such characters? How do we bridge the gap between these characters and plot? In this class we’ll focus on the use of literary and mythic “types” as foundations (but not blueprints) for our characters and their stories. We’ll analyze three famous “types” and their evolution and appearance through time and across cultures. If time allows we’ll begin to plot a story as a class using one of the discussed “types.” 

Families welcome. Coffee and snacks provided. Teens are welcome to attend with an older relative. We will provide simple activities to keep young children occupied.

Who Should Register?

Write Down the Street has a special focus on making the creative writing workshop more accessible to those who face challenges due to cost, language skills, lack of access to transportation, and other barriers. We believe that all voices must be spotlighted with the range and fullness they deserve.

These programs are offered tuition-free thanks to the support of generous donors who are committed to our mission of ensuring all voices are heard.

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Shawnna Thomas
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Previous Students Say

  • "Supportive Environment"
  • "Great for Newbies"
  • "Inspired Me to Write More"


  • Study Published Writing
  • Class Discussion
  • In-Class Reading


  • The Novel
  • Short Fiction
  • Young Adult & Children's Literature

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