This class is part of our “Summer Novel Series,” a variety of single-session classes on Thursday evenings designed to tackle one element of novel writing in each class. You can take one class, pick and choose, or take all of them! You can find all other classes in the series here.
In this class, we will consider how to use questions and character profiles to deepen our understanding of our characters. We will consider the various elements that make up a person on the page—biographical data, quirks, secret desires, past experiences, and more.
What is characterization and how do we capture a fully realized human on the page? In this class, we will consider how to incorporate personality, psychology, physicality, and biography together to create complex characters. We will discuss how deep characterization creates movement and emotional anchoring in a story. Then, we will examine character profiles and how they can help us harness our notes and guide us through the brainstorming and/or revision process of writing. This class will include time to fill out our own character profiles. Students will leave class with new tools to use when considering their own characters.