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Letting Your Characters Tell the Story

DATE CHANGE: This class will now take place on 12/13. This has been updated from the print catalog. 

Fully imagined characters always produce a story. Trust me about that. When writers tell me they have trouble with plots, what I believe they’re actually saying is, they have trouble fully imagining their characters. In my Word Works lecture, we’ll talk about creating characters who are already alive when they enter the narrative. In this class, we’ll focus on how the specifics of those characters can be so compellingly conveyed as to bring those people physically to life, using only ink and paper.


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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 the end of 2020.

All times are listed in Pacific Time.

Instructor: Michael Cunningham

Class Type: 1 Session

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Start Date: 12/13/2019

Days of the Week: Friday

Time: 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Minimum Class Size: 5

Maximum Class Size: 30

$315.00 Member Price:
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$350.00 General Price:

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Michael Cunningham

Michael Cunningham is the author of the novels A Home at the End of the World, Flesh and Blood, The Hours, By Nightfall, and The Snow Queen, as well as a short story collection, A Wild Swan and Other Tales, all published by Farrar Straus & Giroux. The Hours won the 1999 Pulitzer Prize and PEN Faulkner Award, and was nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award.

Cunningham’s fiction and non-fiction have appeared in the New Yorker, the New York Times, the Atlantic Monthly, the Paris Review, and other publications. A recipient of National Endowment for the Arts, Guggenheim and Whiting Foundation fellowships, he is Senior Lecturer in English at Yale University.

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