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The Craft:  Swain’s Creating Characters – Ch 10 – The Role of Roles

April 13, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Update:  As we have eight more chapters to go and I’d like to finish Swain’s Creating Characters before the end of May, please read Chapter 9’s Wild Cards on your own before Friday.  We’ll spending the first 15-20 minutes beginning at 6 pm covering “what goes into building an offbeat character” before moving on to Chapter 10.

6:00 – 7:30:  The Craft:  Swain’s Creating Characters – Ch 10 – The Role of Roles – How Do You Treat a Hero?

We would all like to create the perfect hero, one that’s enjoyable to write and memorable to our fans forever!  However, we writers sometimes forget that we’re writing stories, works of fiction, novels, even — all of which must encompass much more than our heroes.  We also forget that a hero can be completely different than what we’re used to seeing.

A hero can be many things, but in all their varieties, we must shape them to advance the story, to “fit the job he or she has to do.”  But how do we do that while retaining everything we’ve worked so hard to achieve?  The answer might surprise you.

Tonight we’ll investigate Swain’s approach to Heroes, an eclectic collection of attributes that can apply to any member of our cast.

Homework:  Read Chapter 10 before arriving.

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 review this link for details.

See you there!


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1875 Dublin Blvd
Colorado Springs, CO 80918 United States