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

The Psychology of Character

No Longer Enrolling

  • $85.00 Non-Member
  • $75.00 Member

Class Description

Authentic characters work their way into readers' hearts and minds because the challenges they face are both universal and uniquely personal. This session will introduce you to the psychological and behavioral research to show you how you might use it to create leads, allies, and opponents who are more than the sum of their physical traits. Through lecture, discussion, and writing exercises, you’ll learn to write beyond stereotypes or sensational personalities. With new techniques for character development, we’ll explore how to manage a cast of characters who are distinctive, empathetic, and memorable, as well as how to deal with multiple internal/external conflicts and relationships.

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!