The Art of Character Development

with Radhika Sharma

Genres: Fiction

Online

Introductory, Intermediate

6 Sessions

Start Date: January 17, 2024
End Date: February 21, 2024
Day of Week: Wednesday
Time: 10:00am - 12:00pm PT
Capacity: 15 seats
Member Price: $302.40
General Price: $336.00

Character development is at the heart of a fictional story. What makes a character memorable? How do we create characters ahead of their times? How does character development enable forward propulsion of plot and narrative? In this eight-week generative class, we will study the work of masters (e.g.: Dickens, Rushdie, Ishiguro, and more) and analyze several remarkable fictional characters. Students can expect to finish 10–12 pages of writing and take home a deeper understanding of their fictional characters.

ADDITIONAL CLASS DETAILS:

  • Feedback in class: Both peer and instructor feedback given.
  • Work outside of class: Optional writing or reading outside of class.
  • This class includes:
    • Generative Writing: students create new work during class or from assignments.
    • Workshop: students submit work for critique from the teacher and class.
    • Craft Discussion: teachers and students explore essential elements of the craft.
    • Reading: class engages in close study of one or more works.

REGISTRATION DATES: 

  • December 4: Scholarship Donation Day 
  • December 5: Member registration opens at 10:30 am PT
  • December 12: General registration opens at 10:30 am PT
  • December 18: Last day of Early Bird pricing
Radhika Sharma

Radhika Sharma

she/her

Radhika Sharma is the author of Parikrama: A Collection of Short Stories and Mangoes for Monkeys: A Novel. Radhika received her MFA from the San Francisco State University. Her byline has appeared in several newspapers and magazines including The San Francisco Chronicle, The San Jose Mercury News, India Currents, Tri City Voice, and others. She is currently at work on a novel and a collection of essays.

Most classes are offered at a general and member tuition rates based on instruction hours, with Hugo House members receiving a 10% discount on classes fewer than six sessions.

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