Elements of Writing: Character from the Ground Up (1821)

Two Tuesdays: March 13, 20, 6 to 8 p.m.

$60 (10% off for members)

In this three-session course, we'll tackle characterization head-on by discussing vital aspects of building characters who pop off the page. We'll look at examples from published fiction and do targeted exercises that explore various strategies to make your characters feel alive. Whether you're in the middle of a piece or just have an idea for one, this course will help you get a handle on how to populate the stories you're telling with vivid personalities that establish an emotional connection with readers. 

*Classes in our “Elements of Writing” series do not need to be taken in conjunction – they are stand-alone writing classes intended for customers to work on specific building blocks of their writing while getting to know some of our writing instructors.

Recommended Reading:
Reading Like a Writer, Francine Prose
Remains of the Day, Kazuo Ishiguro
Birds of America, Lorrie Moore

Aaron Hamburger was awarded the Rome Prize by the American Academy of Arts and Letters for his short story collection The View from Stalin’s Head (Random House). His next book, a novel titled Faith for Beginners (Random House), was nominated for a Lambda Literary Award. His writing has appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Chicago Tribune, Poets & Writers, Tin House, Subtropics, Details, Michigan Quarterly Review, Boulevard, and The Village Voice. He has received fellowships from the Edward F. Albee Foundation and the Civitella Ranieri Foundation in Umbria, Italy, as well as residencies from Yaddo and Djerassi. He has also taught writing at Columbia University, NYU, the Stonecoast MFA Program, and George Washington University.

REFUND POLICY: Please note that we can issue class refunds up until seven (7) days before the first class session.

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Reading Like a Writer: A Guide for People Who Love Books and for Those Who Want to Write Them Cover Image
ISBN: 9780060777050
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Published: Harper Perennial - April 10th, 2007

The Remains of the Day (Vintage International) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780679731726
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Published: Vintage - September 12th, 1990

Birds of America: Stories (Vintage Contemporaries) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780307474964
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Published: Vintage - January 12th, 2010