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The Facts of Fiction 1: Creating Compelling Characters

June 5, 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT

Instructor: Kristie Smeltzer
$30 Members | $35 Nonmembers
Saturday, June 5, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Seminar Series: The Facts of Fiction

This June seminar series covers four of the core concepts for writing effective fiction. Writers may take the entire series or only specific sessions. Writers who sign up for all four seminars will receive a $5 credit for each seminar completed. The total credit will be applied after the last seminar. The credit may be used to offset registration fees for future classes or seminars at WriterHouse and must be used by 6/30/2022.

Kristie was recently interviewed about The Facts of Fiction series by 106.1 The Corner. Listen to the full interview to find out more.

Seminar 1: Creating Compelling Characters 

Strong characters can cover a multitude of sins in fiction; they draw readers into the worlds writers create and are our companions there.  We pick up their struggles as our own, and turn from page to page to see what becomes of them. Whether we like them or simply find them interesting, characters keep readers connected to the story.

Fictional characters need to feel authentic—fully developed beings with needs and wants, quirks and flaws. They also need to be more interesting and in more conflict than their real life counterparts.  How do we create believable people on the page?

This seminar will help writers understand what makes characters compelling and identify things to consider when developing people to live in their fiction.

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.

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June 5, 2021
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT
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Kristie Smeltzer


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Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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