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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.

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

Minimum Class Size: 5

Maximum Class Size: 15

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Karen Finneyfrock

Karen Finneyfrock's debut young adult novel, The Sweet Revenge of Celia Door, was published by Viking Children’s Books in 2013. Her second book of poems, Ceremony for the Choking Ghost, was released on Write Bloody press in 2010. She is a former Writer-in-Residence at Richard Hugo House and teaches for Seattle Arts and Lectures’ Writers-in-the-Schools program. A member of four National Poetry Slam Teams, Karen traveled to Nepal as a Cultural Envoy through the US Department of State to perform and teach poetry and in 2011, she did a reading tour in Germany sponsored by the US Embassy.

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