• Term: Fall 2022
  • Start Date: September 18, 2022
  • End Date: September 18, 2022
  • Day of Week: Sunday
  • Time: 1:10pm - 4:10pm
  • Level: Open to all levels
  • Audience: Adult
  • Location: Online
  • Availability: Yes
  • Public Price: $90.00
  • Member Price: $81.00

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Character as Action

"Character," according to Aristotle, "gives us qualities, but it is in action—what we do—that we are happy or the reverse." In this one-day session, writers of fiction will explore building more engaging characters through action, as opposed to dialogue or happenstance. Come away with methods of swiftly giving their characters more agency and depth, freeing characters to move the story forward in unexpected ways. We will look to Samuel Beckett for guidance.

Registration dates:

August 22: Scholarship Donation Day (Learn more.)

August 23: Member registration opens

August 30: General registration opens

Robin McLean

Robin McLean


Robin McLean worked as a lawyer and then a potter in the woods of Alaska before turning to writing. Her first story collection Reptile House won the 2013 BOA Fiction Prize, was twice a finalist for the Flannery O'Connor Prize and was noted as a best book of 2015 in Paris Review. Her debut novel Pity the Beast was noted as a best book of fiction of 2021 in The Guardian. Her second story collection, Get'em Young, Treat'em Tough, Tell'em Nothing is forthcoming in October 2022. She now lives and teaches in the high plains desert of central Nevada at Ike's Canyon Ranch, a writers' retreat that she co-founded.