Nancy Kress is teaching a class, “Creating Memorable Characters” at Richard Hugo House this spring. She took some time to answer some questions for us.
What is the title of your class?
People should take this class because?
Without strong and interesting characters, your story does not succeed. Period. Besides, it’s a fun class.
Can your students connect with you on social media? If so, how?
Twitter — @nancykress
What are you reading right now?
In fiction: Am reading my way through the Nebula Award nominees. In nonfiction: Jared Diamond’s The World Until Yesterday
What excites you about the material you’re teaching?
The hugely varying viewpoints and personalities of the students.
What book(s) made you want to write?
All of them! I didn’t start writing until I was nearly 30, so there was a backlog of fiction reading behind me.
What’s the best writing advice you’ve ever received?
Write in scenes, with each scene having its own shape and purpose.
If you could have coffee with any author living or dead, who would it be?
Jane Austen. Only it would probably be tea.
What’s your favorite book? If you could pair it with a glass of wine or a pint of beer, what would you choose?
Sense and Sensibility with a chardonnay.