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Developing Compelling Characters and Choosing the Right Point of View – Online class

October 5, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 7:15 pm EDT

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An event every week that begins at 6:00 pm on Tuesday and Thursday, repeating until December 2, 2021

Instructor: Kristie Smeltzer
$189 Members | $210 Nonmembers
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10/5/21 – 12/2/21 | 6:00 pm – 7:15 pm
NOTE: This class will not meet the week of Thanksgiving, the week of November 22. The last week of classes will be held the following week, the week of November 29.

When we’re doing our job well as writers, fiction readers get attached to the characters we create. Whether they love our characters, love to hate them, or just find them interesting, character development is essential to fiction that connects with readers. Point of view (POV), while not the sexiest element of craft to talk about, goes a long way to fortify that connection with characters. Does the reader need to be far enough away from the character that we can get sweeping descriptions and complex worldbuilding? Do we need to be so close to the character that the way they experience the world becomes the way we experience their world?

In this workshop class, we’ll explore how character development and POV choices go hand-in-hand in effective fiction. The class will include robust class discussion, writing exercises, worksheets, and partner activities. Each writer will have at least two opportunities to workshop some of their writing. If you’re ready to roll up your sleeves to get to know your characters better and ensure the POV you choose is the best fit, we’ll see you in class.

Kristie Smeltzer’s work has appeared in The Doctor T.J. Eckleburg Review, Apeiron Review, Eclectica Magazine, The Florida Review, and So to Speak. Kristie is currently working on three novels. She earned her MFA at the University of Central Florida.



October 5, 2021
6:00 pm - 7:15 pm
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Kristie Smeltzer


508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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