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Bringing People to Life on the Page

All Levels. Strong characters are the heart and soul of every great story, whether fiction or nonfiction. Think of Captain Ahab in Moby Dick, Holden Caufield in The Catcher in the Rye, and Louie Zamperini in Lauren Hillenbrand’s unforgettable Unbroken. How do these writers conjure such vivid portraits from words alone? This class will reveal the secrets for creating compelling character sketches. Class will include brief lecture, discussion, and in-class writing of a character sketch.

Due to COVID-19, all classes will take place online until further notice. If there's a possibility that your class might take place in person, you will be notified in advance. Even if classes can be held in person, there will always be a hybrid option to participate via Zoom.

Classes with "Zoom" in the title will be held via Zoom even after our doors open. Classes listed as "Online" will be held on Wet Ink, our platform for asynchronous learning.

All times are listed in Pacific Time.

Instructor: Nicholas O'Connell

Class Type: 1 Session

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Start Date: 05/07/2017

Days of the Week: Sunday

Time: 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Minimum Class Size: 5

Maximum Class Size: 15

$80.10 Member Price:
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$89.00 General 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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