4-Week: Love ‘em or Hate ‘em—Crafting Unforgettable Characters (Zoom)

$205.00 Members
$230.00 Non-members

Charles Dickens introduced Magwitch in Great Expectations, as a “man who has been soaked in water, and smothered in mud, and lamed by stones, and cut by flints, and stung by nettles, and torn by briars; who limped, and shivered and glared and growled.” In young Pip’s eyes, we can both observe Pip’s fear and overactive imagination, and see Magwitch as a man who has suffered. In one sentence, Dickens establishes the protagonist’s character, and the man who will shape him for the rest of his life.

A character can make or break a story. Elements of each character reveal a truth to the reader, or effectively confound our idea of truth. They guide us, or push us into the labyrinth. This course will analyse and discuss key scenes from a diverse collection of classic and contemporary short stories and novels that look at characters through descriptions, dialogue, points of view, place, and plot development. Writers will develop a few characters through writing dialogue, physical and psychological descriptions, developing narrative voice, and more. We’ll have weekly in-class writing exercises with in-class responses.

Writers can join this course with characters they already have in mind, or with the goal of developing totally new creations. Class readings will be shared online one week before each session through readily available online links and/or pdf documents.

Instructor: Nur Nasreen Ibrahim Learn More


Oct 18, 2021 4:00pm - 6:00pmOct 25, 2021 4:00pm - 6:00pmNov 01, 2021 4:00pm - 6:00pmNov 08, 2021 4:00pm - 6:00pm