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The Craft: Swain’s Creating Characters, Ch 6: The World Within 2

December 22, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

6:00 – 7:30:  The Craft:  Swain’s Creating Characters, Chapter 6:  The World Within 2

Grab a cup of Agia Sophia’s world class coffee, maybe a food from their menu, sit back, and relax. Catch up with old friends. Make some new ones.

Tonight we’ll be covering Chapter 6 of Dwight V. Swain’s Creating Characters:  How to Build Story People.

Last week we finished Chapter 5, The World Within 1, where we learned how to motivate our characters by devising something that he or she must change in order to win happiness or avoid unpleasantness.  This week, we’ll learn how to keep our characters moving by pointing them towards their own private futures.  This requires us to identify and write of their direction, goal, drive, and attitude.

I promised you I’d share with you the link to Dan Pink’s Drive, which explores Autonomy, Mastery, and Purpose, illustrating what really motivates people both at home and in the workplace, indeed, throughout all of life.  I’ll do you one better!  Here’s the video itself.  Please review it, as it ties in strongly with this week’s lesson.

Join us this evening as we learn more about Dwight Swain’s masterful techniques.

Rabid Trails:  I may also be reading short excerpts from two others books, but there’s no need for you to purchase them, as we’re only covering about 2% of either of them each week.  However, in case you’re wondering, they are:

  • The 101 Habits of Highly Successful Novelists:  Insider Secrets from Top Writers by Andrew McAleer
  • Writing Down the Bones:  Freeing the Writer Within by Natalie Goldberg

7:30 – 9:00:  Tre Critique

Tre Critique is  three-member team approach to more dynamic and informative critiques of our work.  By both giving and receiving two critiques each week, the quality of your writing will improve at a rapid pace and reach high quality in the shortest possible time.  Variations resulting from uneven groups include two and four members in a critique group.  Review this page for details.

See you there!


December 22, 2017
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Agia Sophia
2902 West Colorado Avenue
Colorado Springs, CO 80904 United States