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Believable Characters in YA and Middle-Grade Novels

Characters in novels must feel like complex, unique individuals while also serving as archetypal players within the story’s plot. With the class, you’ll delve into the tension between protagonist and antagonist, the roles of minor characters, and how characters reveal themselves through scene. We will get to know our characters through both in-class exercises and homework. This class will work for a novelist at any stage of creation, and every student can expect one session of feedback during the class.

Beginning Fall 2021, we will be adding select in-person classes back to our course catalog. The majority of our classes will still be offered via Zoom.

If a class says IN-PERSON in its title, it will take place in person at our permanent home in Seattle.

If a class says ASYNCHRONOUS in its title, it will take place on Wet Ink, our asynchronous learning platform.

If a class does not have a marker after its title, it will take place via Zoom.

Instructor: Karen Finneyfrock

Class Type: 6 Sessions

Start Date: 05/07/2015

End Date: 06/11/2015

Days of the Week: Thursday

Time: 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM PDT

Minimum Class Size: 5

Maximum Class Size: 15

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$245.00 General Price:

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Karen Finneyfrock

Karen Finneyfrock is a poet and novelist in Seattle, WA. She is the author of two young adult novels: The Sweet Revenge of Celia Door and Starbird Murphy and the World Outside, both published by Viking Children’s Books. She is one of the editors of the anthology Courage: Daring Poems for Gutsy Girls and the author of Ceremony for the Choking Ghost, both released on Write Bloody press. A former Writer-in-Residence at Hugo House, Karen teaches for Seattle Arts and Lectures’ Writers-in-the-Schools, Seattle Writes and Young Women Empowered.

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