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The Craft: Swain’s Creating Characters, Chapter 2
September 15 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
6:00 – 7:30: The Craft: Swain’s Creating Characters, Chapter 2: Searching Out Your Characters
Grab a cup of joe, maybe a plate from Agia Sophia’s enjoyable menu, sit back, and relax. Catch up with old friends. Make some new ones. Then…
Last Friday we covered Chapter 3 of Gerke’s First 50 Pages, where once again, we revisited key elements of Mastering the Craft.
Tonight we’ll be cracking open Chapter 2 of Dwight V. Swain’s Creating Characters: How to Build Story People. “Building a character begins with deciding which character to build.” One can’t template a character and expect good things. Although knowing the character archetypes described by Vogler in “The Writer’s Journey” can be very helpful, your character must feel right and sit well with you. You’re looking for a character “who both fits your story’s requirements and excites you.” “Finding a character means personifying — that is, giving human form to — aspects of yourself that you like, dislike, or wish you had.”
Rabid Trails: I will 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
Homework: Please read Chapter 3 and be ready to discuss it in depth.
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.
Please bring two printed copies of your latest work in the following format:
- Length: Up to 6 pages or 1,500 words, whichever comes first.
- Font: 12-pt Times New Roman. Courier, bookman, garamond, calibri, etc. are acceptable.
- Spacing: double-spaced
- Margins: 1″ all around
- Indenting: indented paragraphs (no additional lines before, after, or between paragraphs)
- Numbering: Yes (doesn’t matter where)
- Scene breaks: Please show with three number symbols, asterisks, or tildes centered on a line between paragraphs
- Other: Please include a short synopsis (no more than half a page) of the story up to the beginning of your selection to help orient your critiquers.
Please refrain from discussions during reading and critique periods. If you’re not participating in the critique, feel free to hang out and write, but keep things “library” quiet until after all critiques are complete. Thank you. 🙂
See you there!