Creating Novel Characters

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When writing a novel, we must know our primary characters inside and out. We need to understand their desires, motivations, and frustrations, their histories and their futures. This workshop will focus on the development of authentic characters. We will examine character as both autonomous and residing within the context of the other novelistic elements, and we will discuss the challenge of creating and integrating these various elements into a cohesive and credible whole. Participants will explore the main character(s) in their novels-in-progress.

About Tammy Greenwood

T. Greenwood is the author of 13 award-winning novels including Keeping Lucy, Rust & Stardust, Where I Lost Her, and Bodies of Water. Bodies of Water was a finalist for a 2013 Lambda Award. She has received grants from the Sherwood Anderson Foundation, the Christopher Isherwood Foundation, the Maryland State Arts Council, and the National Endowment for the Arts. She teaches creative writing for San Diego Writer's Ink, Grossmont College, and online for The Writer's Center.

Teaching style: Tammy's online workshops combine weekly "lessons" (along with exercises and supplemental readings/resources). Exercises are posted and will receive instructor feedback.

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