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Building Character

In fiction, character is the font of narrative. A strongly written character’s desires, behavior, and limitations create and evolve plot. Consequently, when starting a new novel or story, a writer’s knowledge of one’s primary characters interrogates and supersedes all other variables. Through a discussion of the work of Alice Munro, Dana Johnson, Paul Beatty, and Denis Johnson, this class will explore the components and utility of memorable characters. Students are urged, but not required, to bring works-in-progress or character sketches for discussion and exploration.

Due to COVID-19, all classes will take place online-either through Zoom or through Wet Ink, our asynchronous learning platform-through the end of 2020.

All times are listed in Pacific Time.

Instructor: J. Ryan Stradal

Class Type: 1 Session

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Term: Fall 2020

Start Date: 11/17/2020

Days of the Week: Tuesday

Time: 1:10 pm – 4:10 pm

Minimum Class Size: 5

Maximum Class Size: 15

$135.00 Member Price:
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$150.00 General Price:

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J. Ryan Stradal

J. Ryan Stradal is the author of the New York Times bestselling novel Kitchens of the Great Midwest and the instant national bestseller The Lager Queen of Minnesota. Born and raised in Minnesota, he now lives with his family in California.

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