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  • Seminar
  • Online: Zoom
  • Adult (18+)

Developing and Deepening Your Characters, an Agent's Perspective

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  • $150.00 Non-Member
  • $130.00 Member

Class Description

A literary agent-led workshop focusing on character development, from a marketplace perspective. Be it memoir or fiction, projects that initially capture an agent’s attention most often get rejected because of flat, stock, or unengaging characters. Are you relying on one of the six stock characters we agents see all too often? Do you have sufficient internal conflict on the page without turning your character(s) into clichés? Have you drowned your poor character(s) with description? Wondering how to make your characters more memorable?

In this one-day intensive workshop we will tackle these problems and more; study effective character descriptions and scenes that go much deeper than the words on the page; work on an assortment of character development exercises (including a very telling protagonist Mad Lib type exercise); and use small group critiques and one-on-ones with the instructor to guide the class to really get into the skin of their character(s) so as to write more richly about them.

Important: Students need to have this questionnaire (download by clicking link) in by Thursday, October 17th. Email Word attachments to [email protected], subject line CHARACTER CLASS.

For Class: Bring notepaper to write on, and a laptop, if you’re more comfortable working electronically. Be prepared to have your work critiqued with other members of the class.

Scholarships Format/Location

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 detailed information about GrubStreet scholarships, including how to contribute to scholarship funds for other students, click here.

This class will take place using Zoom videoconferencing. Please visit the Resources tab to access the video-conference link.

Zoom Participation:

Students are not required to turn their camera on, but are encouraged to participate any way they feel comfortable through functions such as the live chat, emoji reactions, and unmuting the microphone. Learn more about using Zoom here.

Zoom Accessibility:

We ask that instructors enable closed captioning and send a transcript of the session after class. You can also enable closed captioning at any time during the meeting. If your instructor forgets to send the transcript, just send ’em an email!