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What You Don’t Know About Your Character

We may have ideas for them, but the ghosts that inhabit our pages have ideas of their own. From the enigmatic—She got into that boat before I could stop her,—to the dark—I didn’t know he was going to die,—our fictional characters’ motivations and desires take over our plot and electrify our prose. Through examples and exercises, you will craft unforgettable characters and leave this class with at least one nuanced, flawed, vital human being (or vampire).

Beginning Fall 2021, we will be adding select in-person classes back to our course catalog. The majority of our classes will still be offered via Zoom.

If a class says IN-PERSON in its title, it will take place in person at our permanent home in Seattle.

If a class says ASYNCHRONOUS in its title, it will take place on Wet Ink, our asynchronous learning platform.

If a class does not have a marker after its title, it will take place via Zoom.

Instructor: Sonora Jha

Class Type: 1 Session

Start Date: 09/16/2017

Days of the Week: Saturday

Time: 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm PDT

Minimum Class Size: 5

Maximum Class Size: 15

$80.10 Member Price:
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$89.00 General Price:

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Sonora Jha

Sonora Jha is the author of the novel Foreign (Random House India, 2013) and the essay collection/memoir How to Raise a Feminist Son: Motherhood, Masculinity, and the Making of My Family (Sasquatch Books USA/Penguin Random House India 2021). She is a professor of journalism at Seattle University. Formerly a journalist in India and Singapore, her essays have appeared in the New York Times, Seattle Times, DAME, and several anthologies. Sonora was the 2016–18 Hugo House Prose Writer-in-Residence. She teaches classes for Creative Nonfiction, Hugo House, Hedgebrook, and Seattle Public Libraries. Sonora is currently working on a second novel.

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