Character and Conflict

WRITING X 462.3WS

Learn how richly drawn characters are the key to fostering compelling conflict in this reading- and exercise-based workshop.

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Hybrid
Starting at $788.00
As few as 4 days
3.0

What you can learn.

  • Develop unique and interesting characters whose traits trigger conflict in your work
  • Explore how successful writers craft characters by studying published works
  • Build rich inner and outer lives that make your characters realistic and relatable
  • Learn how conflict in your work is intrinsically linked to who your characters are

About this course:

One of the most misunderstood concepts in the craft of fiction writing is the relationship between character and conflict. A story can involve a complex character with fascinating thoughts, ideas, and interests, but without a conflict that motivates the character to act, the ensuing story will be stagnant and flat. In this workshop, we explore, through our own writing and through published work, how to create richly imagined characters and how to challenge them with conflicts that threaten their hidden, most deeply held desires, forcing them to act in ways that change the world around them. We read sample fiction to identify craft tools that help us identify and convey the flaws in our characters, flaws that then help us pick a conflicted situation to push our characters into action. Writing exercises put theory into practice and help you discover what works (and doesn't) in your own writing practice.

Winter 2021 Schedule

Available Format(s):

Hybrid courses have both regular remote meeting times and online instruction. Click “See Details” for more information.

Available
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Sunday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday 10:00AM PT - 6:00PM PT
Location: Online
Instructor: Colette Sartor
377270
Fee:
$788.00
111 days left. Enroll by Feb 17, 2021
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Notes
Enrollment limited to 15 students. Visitors not permitted. $150 nonrefundable. Internet access required. 
Refund Deadline
No refunds after January 18, 2021
Course Requirements
Schedule
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Date
Time
Location
Discussion
Thu Feb 18, 2021
10:00AM PT - 6:00PM PT
Online
Discussion
Fri Feb 19, 2021
10:00AM PT - 6:00PM PT
Online
Discussion
Sat Feb 20, 2021
10:00AM PT - 6:00PM PT
Online
Discussion
Sun Feb 21, 2021
10:00AM PT - 6:00PM PT
Online

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