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The Craft:  Swain’s Creating Characters – Ch 14:  Variations on a Theme

May 18 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Damon Garn

6:00 – 7:30:  The Craft:  Swain’s Creating Characters – Ch 14:  Variations on a Theme

How do you treat characters in the various lengths, media, and genres?  You design your people to fit your market.

From stories short in length to long, markets romance and mystery to science fiction, western, horror and adventure, the same rule applies as it does to all forms of communication:  Consider your audience.  It’s not that you’re locked in to the expectations of your audience.  You’re free to vastly exceed those expectations, as have masters like Tolstoy, Lee, Fitzgerald, Márquez, Forster, Wells, Cervantes, Morrison, Woolf, Achebe, Brontë, Walker, and yes, Tolkien, Heinlein, and Lucas.  Even they, however, considered their audiences, and delivered masterpieces that managed “to bewitch the mind and ensnare the senses … bottle fame, brew glory, and even put a stopper in death.” (J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone)

The gorgeous book cover is of Damon Garn’s The Misplaced Tower.  Amanda Bergloff (@AmandaBergloff) graced the cover with her artwork.  Read his short story, here.

Homework:  Read Chapter 14 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!


May 18
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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