• roc Social
  • NY

Creating Compelling and Diverse Characters

  • Dates: October 2, 2019 - November 6, 2019
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Wednesday
  • Start Time: 6:30 PM
  • End Time: 9:00 PM
  • Times: 6:30 - 9:00 PM
  • Admission: $225 Members | $265 General Public | Scholarships AvailableDeadline to register: September 24, 11:59 pm
  • Location: Writers & Books
  • Address: 740 University Avenue Rochester, NY 14607
  • Web Site: http://wab.org

What makes To Kill a Mockingbird’sAtticus Finch or The Color Purple’sCelie so engaging? We’ll explore the fundamentals of crafting layered, multidimensional characters through readings, videos, discussions, and writing exercises. We’ll learn how to create characters from the inside out, enlivening them with distinct personalities and voices. And we’ll look at ways to reach outside our own identities and respond to contemporary readers’ and publishers’ desires for characters that authentically show our country’s diversity. We’ll review successful examples of recent novels that portray diverse characters; discuss how to avoid stereotypes and integrate aspects of ethnicity, race, gender, and culture with sensitivity and nuance; and experiment with writing characters outside our own experience. Participants will take away strategies for creating real, dynamic, and diverse characters.