Unthinkable, Unspeakable, Unforgettable: Creating Compelling Fictional Characters (1953) *SOLD OUT*

Four Tuesdays: August 6, 13, 20, 27th from 6:30-8:30 pm *SOLD OUT*

$150.00 (10% off for members)

In this workshop we’ll explore the characteristics of unforgettable fictional characters. Through close reading of excerpts from novels and short stories, and lots of writing assignments and in-class writing we’ll create, confounding, conflicted, maddening characters, the kind that readers can’t look away from and that they never forget. You will learn how to create a character willing to “go there” “say that” and “break the rules.”

I will provide handouts—novel excerpts and short stories by a variety of writers, including Adam Haslett, and Elizabeth Strout, which we will read and discuss examining the techniques, narrative and plot devices used to create compelling sometimes unsympathetic characters.

Participants will each week have a short weekly assignment customized to their writing project.

Weekly assignments will be discussed in class.

Goal of the class is to produce a fictional narrative of 10-12 pages built around the actions, inner conflicts, obsessions of a compelling character. Four Tuesdays: August 6, 13, 20, 27th from 6:30-8:30 pm *SOLD OUT*

Marita Golden is a veteran teacher of writing and an acclaimed award-winning author of seventeen works of fiction and nonfiction. As a teacher of writing she has served as a member of the faculties of the MFA Graduate Creative Writing Programs at George Mason University and Virginia Commonwealth University and in the MA Creative Writing Program at John Hopkins University. Her new novel is The Wide Circumference of Love.  She is the recipient of many awards including the Writers for Writers Award presented by Barnes & Noble and Poets and Writers and the Fiction Award for her novel After awarded by the Black Caucus of the American Library Association.

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

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