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Fiction and the Craft of Character (This seminar is full!)

January 25 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Instructor: Bruce Holsinger
$60 Members | $65 Nonmembers
Saturday, 1/25/20 | 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

This seminar will address the making of human characters in fiction. Characters–believable, authentic, sympathetic–are the lifeblood of story. Who wants to read or keep reading a novel if we don’t care about the fellow human beings inhabiting its setting and guiding its plot? We’ll look at several examples of great characters, learn about the relationship between character and story structure, and try out some character-building exercises of our own. You should bring a character along with you to class taken from your current work: someone you’ve thought about, written about, sketched, etc. We will be doing several exercises in class that will require you to work on character development, so the more you’ve thought in advance about your character the better. All levels welcome.

Bruce Holsinger is a fiction writer and literary scholar based in Charlottesville, Virginia, and the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship. He is the author most recently of The Gifted School (Riverhead Books, 2019), hailed by The New York Times as “a suspenseful, laugh-out-loud page-turner and an incisive inspection of privilege, race and class” and by The Wall Street Journal as the “novel that predicted the college admissions scandal.” The Gifted School has been optioned for television by NBC/Universal and is currently in development. His previous books include A Burnable Book and The Invention of Fire, award-winning historical novels published by William Morrow (HarperCollins). His essays and reviews have appeared in The New York TimesThe New York Review of BooksThe Washington PostSlate, and many other publications. His work has been featured several times on NPR.

Since 2005 he has taught in the Department of English at the University of Virginia, where he specializes in medieval literature and modern critical thought and serves as editor of the quarterly journal New Literary History. His nonfiction books have won major awards from the Modern Language Association, the Medieval Academy of America, and the American Musicological Society, and his academic work has been supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Council of Learned Societies.

This seminar is full!  


January 25
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Bruce Holsinger


508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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