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

The Novel Series: Small Gestures Make Big Characters

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  • $130.00 Non-Member
  • $110.00 Member

Class Description

She looked up. He leaned forward. She narrowed her eyes. He blinked. We all have our go-to gestures and reactions, ways that our characters consistently show surprise, discomfort, and fear. But what sorts of gestures will truly bring our characters to life? How can we break through the familiar reactions and the banal facial tics in order to make our characters believable and our narratives more compelling? In this seminar we will look at how great writers use gesture both to dramatize scenes and develop character. Students will also do a variety of writing exercises geared toward adding freshness and vibrancy to their prose and making their characters live on in the reader’s imagination. This seminar is for writers at any stage in the writing process.

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.

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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!

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!