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Pillar Night – Protagonist with a Goal
July 2, 2015 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
6:30 – 7:00: Social. Grab a cup of joe, maybe a plate of Agia Sophia’s scrumptious food, sit back, and relax. Catch up with old friends. Make some new ones.
7:00 – 8:00: Protagonist with a Goal
Tonight we’ll cover what’s coming up in the next two weeks:
July 9: How a compelling novel centers on the protagonist’s goal. It’s the character’s striving to reach his or her goal, along with the successes and setbacks that build the edge of your seat tension. By centering on the protagonist’s goal, the author helps keep the audience focused on what’s most important, as well as that which is most entertaining.
July 16: How to craft empathetic protagonists. Flat characters have no depth. They’re not credible, and leave readers disappointed in what they’ve read. Readers connect with characters who show depth. They’re real. Real hopes, dreams, and fears that mirror the reader’s own. Crafting such characters isn’t easy, though. We’ll go through a real tear-jerker of an exercise on the 16th that will have you gasping for breath.
8:00 (sharp) – 9:30: Tre Critique – A three-member team approach to more dynamic and informative critiques of our work. This worked well last week, so it’s now our standard approach. Please bring three copies of your latest work needing a critique, in the following format:
– 1,000 words (4 pages)
– 12-pt Times New Roman.
45 minutes to read one another’s copy; another 45 minutes to critique using the Tres Critique method.
9:30 – 10:00: Freefall. Winding Down