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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).
Sonora Jha is the author of the novel Foreign, published in 2013 by Random House India. She is a professor of journalism and media studies at Seattle University. Formerly a journalist in India and Singapore, her recent political essays and Op-Eds have been published in the New York Times, the Seattle Times, Seattle Weekly and the Globalist. Apart from her academic and journalistic writing, she is currently finishing work on a memoir. Sonora is a 2016-2018 Hugo House Writer-in-Residence.