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Introductory/Intermediate | Characters make a story come alive, but what makes a character herself come to life? Description? Dialogue? Behavior? Aristotle said that human beings are their desires. In this workshop, we’ll explore character desire as the main motivation for plot, looking at how characters interact, struggle together, reveal (or don’t) their inner wants, and respond to what gets in the way. You’ll leave with a clear sense of how to enliven your characters and use them to build your story.
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.
Susan V. Meyers has lived and taught in Chile, Costa Rica, and Mexico. She earned an MFA from the University of Minnesota and a PhD from the University of Arizona, and she currently directs the Creative Writing Program at Seattle University. Her fiction and nonfiction have been supported by grants from the Fulbright foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, 4Culture, Artist Trust, and the Squaw Valley Community of Writers, as well as several artists residencies. Her novel Failing the Trapeze won the Nilsen Award for a First Novel and the Fiction Attic Press Award for a First Novel, and it was a finalist for the New American Fiction Award. Other work has recently appeared in Per Contra, Calyx, Dogwood, The Portland Review, and The Minnesota Review, and it has twice been nominated for a Pushcart Prize.