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VIDEO: This class will take place via video-conferencing (Zoom).
All Levels | 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 for creating compelling characters. Class will include a brief lecture, discussion, and in-class writing of a character sketch.
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.