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Summer Novel Series: “Who do they think they are?”: Characterization and Building Characters with Alejandro Nodarse

$65.00 · July 25

This workshop explores how writers approach characterization using Setting, Dialogue, and Description, while providing writing exercises for participants to try out some actionable approaches to building character.

Start Date

July 25

Day(s) of the Week


Class Times

6:30pm – 8:30pm CT




Zoom (online)




In stock


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.

The novelist and playwright Cristina García describes characterization as information that “reveals what is essential to know about a character.” Characterization is an ongoing process that begins in the opening sentence of a story and ends only when the reader turns away from the final page. But above all, it is a revelatory process in which, through a combination of exposition and description, a writer creates space and opportunities for characters to grow and change as their story unfolds.

So how do writers tackle this process? What tools are available to us as we craft our characters and their world? This workshop explores how writers like Flannery O’Conner, S.A. Cosby, and Alice Feeney approach characterization; including their use of Setting, Dialogue, Description, and provides writing exercises for participants to try out some actionable approaches to building character.

This class will include:

  • In-class verbal instructor feedback
  • Optional sharing of student work in class
  • In-class writing exercises
  • Generative exercises
  • In-class reading
  • Craft talks
  • Class discussion
  • A final reading or performance

About Alejandro Nodarse

Alejandro Nodarse was born and raised in Miami, FL and holds an M.F.A. from the University of Miami. He is an alum of the Las Dos Brujas Writers Workshop, a former independent bookseller, and former staff member of the VONA Writers Conference. He currently teaches writing to high school and college students. Blood in the Cut is his debut novel.