Character: Casting Shadows

character arc

Friday, January 13, 2017, we’re covering Chapter 2 of our text:  Gotham Writers’ Workshop, Writing Fiction.

A woman who taught creative writing in a pediatrics ward once asked a thirteen year old girl, “Why do you enjoy reading?”  After a few minutes of continued reading, the girl looked up at the woman and said, “Because I get to meet lots of different people.”

“When you read fiction, you are, first and foremost, meeting people.  Characters are the core of a story and interact with or influence every other element of fiction.  Characters are what drive a story, carrying the reader from the first to the last page, making readers care.”

Join us this evening as we examine Character:  Casting Shadows, exploring the human nature of our characters in an altogether new light:

– The Beat of Desire

– Human Complexity, including contrasting traits and consistency

– The Ability to Change

– Where Characters Come From

– Getting to Know Them

– Kinds of Characters

– Showing and Telling

– Action

– Speech

– Appearance

– Thought

– A Symphony of Methods

– Only Relevant Details

– What’s in a Name

As a reminder, we will be using The Gotham Writers’ Workshop (GWW): Writing Fiction – The Practical Guide during the next 22 weeks, usually on the 1st and 3rd Friday’s of the month, when we will be working through the material and exercises.  During the 2nd, 4th, and sometimes 5th Fridays of the month, we will usually be covering a host of other materials specifically chosen from five different books in order to augment what we have learned, are learning, and will be learning.  Some variances to this schedule may occur around holidays.

See you there!

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