Straight outta character
This course will be a hands-on and practical exploration of how writers create characters in narrative. Using classic and contemporary examples of dynamic characters and a good many craft-based writing exercises, we will develop strategies and techniques to create nuanced characters in our own work. We will consider how other elements of successful narratives are formed and informed by choices of character. If character is fate, and of course it is, then character is also plot, setting, and point-of-view. Our goal is to find the means to surrender to our characters, to find the courage to let them quicken to life in our and our readers’ imagination, and to find the faith to follow—rather than lead—them through the stories that they’re using us to tell.