NEW DATE: CLASS BEGINS SEPTEMBER 20
You might have heard that in order to write a character well, you must know what that character wants. There’s no question that this advice is helpful in certain situations. But orienting your writing process to “what a character wants” is not the only way to think about and/or feel your way through a character, and if you find yourself in a jam, it might be time to try looking at your draft through a different lens.
In this class, we’ll explore practical alternatives to “Know What Your Character Wants.” We’ll walk through concrete examples and focused exercises that encourage you to search for direction, discovery, and inspiration in what a character lacks, the stories that characters tell about themselves, and surprise interactions, as well as “alternative character questionnaires,” radical truth-telling, narrative density, and a variety of sentence-level techniques for constructing character description.
These suggestions will be designed to be useful no matter what stage you’re at—planning, composing, revising—and will be applicable to main, supporting, and minor characters. Along the way, you’ll have the opportunity to solicit constructive feedback on passages and excerpts from your fiction.
You’ll leave class with practical alternative methods for writing character—for letting what interests you most about your characters lead you through your drafts.