What a Character! A Master Class in Writing Craft
Creating memorable characters on the page who feel as alive as real people is one of the greatest joys in writing.
In this two-hour master class, we’ll explore how to write engaging, fully-realized characters for both fiction and nonfiction to ensure your characters leave a lasting impression.
For all levels of writer
February 17, 2020
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. EST
ONLINE Via Interactive Video Conference
At the end of a book or short story, more than any other element, it’s the characters who remain in our minds, haunting us for days, months or even years. Whether they incite fear, curiosity, joy, revulsion, humour or empathy, we delve into these other lives because they fascinate us. One of the greatest joys in writing is getting to create memorable characters on the page who feel alive.
Over video conference, the group will spend two hours going deep into discussion on what makes a memorable character and will explore exercises that show how to write engaging, fully-realized, unique characters. We’ll look at those characters who have moved us and remained in our consciousness throughout time and what made them so notable and unpack how their creators brought them to life on the page.
Whether you’re writing fiction or nonfiction, you’ll learn some tactics and innovative techniques for how to reveal your character on the page and add your character to the canon of those who have stayed with us throughout our lives.
How the Online Workshop Works
- After enrolling, you will receive an email with information about your workshop
- Five minutes before the workshop begins, you will receive your secure link to the private video conference for the master class.
Marcia Walker’s writing has appeared, or is forthcoming, in The New York Times, Fiddlehead, Prism international, Room, Event, Antigonish Review, University of Toronto Magazine, This Magazine, The Globe and Mail, CBC radio and The Broken Social Scene Story Project. She has been shortlisted for Prism’s fiction and non-fiction prize, the Writers’ Union of Canada short prose competition and the Lascaux fiction award. Her plays have been part of Nightwood Theatre’s Groundswell festival and the F.O.O.T. festival. She is a graduate of the Guelph MFA program and runs the Emerging Writers Reading Series in Toronto.