Before and After: Creating Character in Fiction and Memoir

Instructor: Barbara Shoup
Date: Monday, November 14
Time: 6:30-9:00 p.m.
Location: IWC
Cost: $48 nonmembers, $33 members, $28 student members/teacher members/senior members/military members/librarian members

There is great tension and conflict in the events by which we mark time, saying “before” and “after.” These might be be births, deaths, divorces, accidents, moves—anything, large or seemingly small, that create a shift in how we see, understand and live in the world. Considering this concept in the development of fictional characters helps the writer establish the time frame of a story, discover moments worthy of scenes, and shape effective flashbacks under underpin the action in present time. Participants in this class will engage in writing and thinking exercise that will help them identify their characters’ life markers and explore strategies for developing them into compelling scenes. Writers of both memoir and fiction will find this class useful.


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