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Building Characters from Real Life

DATE CHANGE: This class will now start on 11/11 and end on 11/25. This has been updated from the print catalog. 

All Levels | Characters are what sell a story, turning an abstract idea into a living, breathing representation of human experience. In nonfiction, writers build characters from the messy material of real life. In fiction, writers often draw on real people in order to develop convincing characters. In this generative class, you’ll explore techniques for rendering real people as characters through scenes, dialogue, and telling details. You’ll learn strategies from nonfiction and journalism for digging into the thoughts, habits, quirks, and substance of characters.

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: Madeline Ostrander

Class Type: 3 Sessions


Start Date: 11/11/2019

End Date: 11/25/2019

Days of the Week: Monday

Time: 7:10 pm – 9:10 pm

Minimum Class Size: 5

Maximum Class Size: 15

$153.00 Member Price:
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$170.00 General Price:

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Madeline Ostrander

Madeline Ostrander’s work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Sun Magazine, Audubon Magazine, The Nation, Al Jazeera America, and High Country News. She is a full-time freelance science and environmental writer and the former senior editor of YES! Magazine.

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