Character and Conflict

WRITING X 462.3

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

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In Person
Starting at $720.00
As few as 12 weeks
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 class, 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. Each week, we read sample fiction to identify craft tools that help us determine and convey the flaws in our characters, flaws that then help us pick a conflicted situation to push our characters into action. Weekly writing exercises put theory into practice and help you discover what works (and doesn't) in your own writing practice.

Fall 2024 Schedule

Date & Time
Details
Format
 
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Tuesday 7:00PM - 10:00PM PT
Future Offering (Opens July 29, 2024 12:00:00 AM)
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Instructor: Aatif Rashid
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Fee:
$720.00
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Location: UCLA
Notes

No meetings October 8 & 15. 

Enrollment limited to 15 students; early enrollment advised. Visitors not permitted. Internet access required.

This course meets in person at the designated class meeting time and location. Students must be present at the course meeting time as each student’s final grade may include scores for participation. Please inform your instructor if you will miss a class meeting. You are responsible for any class information you missed. We suggest you arrange with a fellow classmate to share their notes when feasible.

Refund Deadline
No refunds after October 08, 2024
Course Requirements
Internet access required to retrieve course materials.
Schedule
Type
Date
Time
Location
Discussion
Tue Sep 24, 2024
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
UCLA
Rolfe Hall 3108
Discussion
Tue Oct 1, 2024
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
UCLA
Rolfe Hall 3108
Discussion
Tue Oct 22, 2024
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
UCLA
Rolfe Hall 3108
Discussion
Tue Oct 29, 2024
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
UCLA
Rolfe Hall 3108
Discussion
Tue Nov 5, 2024
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
UCLA
Rolfe Hall 3108
Discussion
Tue Nov 12, 2024
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
UCLA
Rolfe Hall 3108
Discussion
Tue Nov 19, 2024
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
UCLA
Rolfe Hall 3108
Discussion
Tue Nov 26, 2024
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
UCLA
Rolfe Hall 3108
Discussion
Tue Dec 3, 2024
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
UCLA
Rolfe Hall 3108
Discussion
Tue Dec 10, 2024
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
UCLA
Rolfe Hall 3108

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