Power Up Your Writing: Deeper Characters, Deeper Truths
Approach writing from a variety of perspectives to discover new ideas, techniques, and skills in this workshop for writers of all genres.
What you can learn.
- Learn what makes characters compelling and memorable to readers
- Build vivid worlds for characters to inhabit as the story unfolds
- Exercises help you arrive at deeper truths about your stories
- Learn revision techniques to improve from draft to draft
About this course:How do writers create work that electrifies readers and stays with them long after they have turned the last page? One key is that they create characters who live on in the readers' minds; another is that they dig into their own hearts and minds to reveal deeper truths. Whether you're writing fiction, poetry, memoir, or essay, this course helps you to do both. The process of being able to create memorable characters includes building the vivid worlds they live in, and exploring how they reveal who they are—and what they want—through action and speech, as well as through what they own, wear, value, and desire. The body as a metaphor for feelings about ourselves and others is explored, and visual arts—painting, sculpture, photography—offer pathways to get at your own truths. In revising your work, you gain tools for going deep into the story to reveal rich, new insights. Suitable for beginners and experienced writers.
Fall 2019 Schedule
These courses are fully online, and there are no in-person classroom meetings.
Enrollment limited to 15 students. Internet access required.