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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 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: 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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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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