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.
Watching a stranger develop through adversity is a central joy of fiction. Over the course of a novel, our characters’ understanding of the world will grow as we put them through trials both big and small. Our characters must transform. We must force them to learn.
In this class, we’ll investigate epiphanies, those moments our characters experience a bolt of realization, and see their situation, suddenly, in vibrant fresh colors. We’ll look at examples from Tolstoy, Toni Morrison, Lucy Ellmann, Lewis Nordan, Denis Johnson. We’ll have time to workshop issues with our own stubborn characters.
We are able to offer a limited amount of both 50% scholarships for our multi-week classes and 100% scholarships for our single-session classes on a first-come, first-serve basis. Students may receive one scholarship per term. Click here to apply for a scholarship spot.