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Evasive Protagonist Syndrome: Diagnosis and Treatment

All Levels. We’ll tackle one of the most common problems of early story drafts: the evasive protagonist. Our characters can be sullen and reticent, unwilling to plumb their own depths, unwilling to address what is most painful and uncomfortable. They have a million and one reasons for not wanting to reveal themselves to the reader—or to themselves—yet a successful story depends on complicated, layered, and, above all, present characters. We’ll discuss the sure signs you have an evasive protagonist on your hands and explore specific, practical fixes. Come ready to write and to hold your protagonist’s feet to the fire.

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Due to COVID-19, all classes will take place online-either through Zoom or through Wet Ink, our asynchronous learning platform-through Spring quarter 2021.

All times are listed in Pacific Time.

Instructor: Kirstin Valdez Quade

Class Type: 1 Session


Start Date: 11/05/2016

Days of the Week: Saturday

Time: 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM PDT

Minimum Class Size: 5

Maximum Class Size: 15

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Kirstin Valdez Quade

Kirstin Valdez Quade is the author of Night at the Fiestas, a New York Times Notable Book, which received a “5 Under 35” award from the National Book Foundation, the John Leonard Prize from the National Book Critics Circle, and the Sue Kaufman Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She teaches at Princeton.

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