Creating Compelling Characters (with Carolyn Zaikowski)
Creating great fiction requires creating compelling, three-dimensional characters who break through clichés and stereotypes. In this class, we’ll explore questions like: What are the internal states and motivations of our characters? How does that connect to their external behaviors—how do they think, feel, and act in different situations and environments, from the mundane to the profound? What are their personal, social, and cultural histories, and how much of that should we reveal? What should we take into account when writing characters who come from different social or cultural groups than us? We'll use a variety of in-class explorations and guided discussions to get at these core issues, and we’ll bring our characters to life by workshopping them with the group! Participants should come prepared with a basic sense of a character or characters they’d either like to create or have already been working on.
ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR
CAROLYN ZAIKOWSKI is the author of the novels In a Dream, I Dance by Myself, and I Collapse (Civil Coping Mechanisms, 2016) and A Child Is Being Killed (Aqueous Books, 2013.) Her fiction, poetry, and essays have appeared widely, in such publications as The Washington Post, Denver Quarterly, The Rumpus, West Branch, PANK, Dusie, Huffington Post, and Everyday Feminism. She holds an MFA from Naropa University’s Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics and is currently an English professor. Find her online at www.carolynzaikowski.com.
WHEN: 3 Hours: Saturday, May 30 ( 1 - 4pm)
WHERE: In Williamsburg, MA*
*Directions: Specific directions to our Williamsburg classroom, as well as other info, will be emailed to all registered participants 2 - 5 days before the class.
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