Creating Character

with J. Ryan Stradal

Genres: Fiction

Online

Intermediate

1 Session

Start Date: March 5, 2023
End Date: March 5, 2023
Day of Week: Sunday
Time: 1:10pm - 4:10pm PT
Capacity: 15 seats
3 seats left!
Member Price: $81.00
General Price: $90.00

In fiction, character is the font of narrative. A character’s desires, behavior, and limitations create and evolve plot. Consequently, when beginning a novel or story, a writer’s knowledge of one’s primary characters interrogates and supersedes all other variables. Through a discussion of the work of Jhumpa Lahiri, Dana Johnson, and Denis Johnson, this class will explore the components and utility of memorable characters. Students are urged, but not required, to bring works-in-progress for discussion and exploration.

Registration dates:

December 5: Scholarship Donation Day (Learn more.)

December 6: Member registration opens

December 13: General registration opens

J. Ryan Stradal

J. Ryan Stradal

he/him

J. Ryan Stradal is the author of the New York Times bestseller Kitchens of the Great Midwest, the national bestseller The Lager Queen of Minnesota, and the forthcoming novel Saturday Night at the Lakeside Supper Club. He lives in California. 

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