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Bringing People to Life on the Page

Introductory | Cleopatra. Captain Ahab. Holden Caulfield. Jay Gatsby. Fanny Price. Louie Zamperini. Strong characters drive a story, whether in fiction or nonfiction. How do writers conjure such vivid portraits from words alone? This class will reveal the secrets of creating compelling characters. Class will include brief lecture, discussion, and in-class writing of a character sketch.

Instructor: Nicholas O'Connell

Class Type: 1 Session

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Term: Summer 2019

Start Date: 07/13/2019

Days of the Week: Saturday

Time: 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Minimum Class Size: 5

Maximum Class Size: 15

$81.00 Member Price:
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Nicholas O'Connell

Nicholas O’Connell, M.F.A, Ph.D., is the author of The Storms of Denali (University of Alaska Press, 2012), On Sacred Ground: The Spirit of Place in Pacific Northwest Literature (University of Washington Press, 2003), At the Field’s End: Interviews with 22 Pacific Northwest Writers (University of Washington Press Press, 1998), Contemporary Ecofiction (Charles Scribner’s, 1996) and Beyond Risk: Conversations with Climbers (Mountaineers, 1993). He has contributed to Newsweek, Gourmet, Saveur, Outside, GO, National Geographic Adventure, Condé Nast Traveler, Food & Wine, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Sierra, The Wine Spectator, Commonweal, Image and many other places. He is the publisher/editor of The Writer’s Workshop Review and the founder of the online and Seattle-based writing program, www.thewritersworkshop.net.

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