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Crafting Irresistible Characters

August 3, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm EDT

Instructor: Doug Lawson
$60 Members | $65 Nonmembers
Saturday, 10/27/18 | 1:00 PM – 4:30 PM

What is it that makes a character truly, madly, deeply memorable—so uniquely gripping that they can’t be forgotten, so quirky that you can’t help but love them, hate them, want to take them home with you and cook them dinner?

In this seminar, we’ll look at some examples of great characters from stories in different mediums (stories, novels, movies, TV) and see if we can collectively articulate what makes someone leap off the page (or screen) and grab you by the heartstrings. Then we’ll explore several techniques for breathing life into characters of your own creation.

About the Instructor: Doug Lawson’s fiction has been cited as a 2014 Distinguished Story by the Best American anthology, received an Honorable Mention from the O. Henry Awards, and has appeared in a good number of literary publications, including multiple times in Glimmer Train Stories and the Mississippi Review, as well as in Passages North, the Sycamore Review, and other places. He’s won Glimmer Train’s yearly Fiction Open, received a Transatlantic Review Award for fiction, a Henfield award, and a fellowship from the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, and his books include A Patrimony of Fishes, Beasts of the Walking City (as Del Law), and Bigfoots in Paradise (forthcoming from Red Hen Press). He lives in downtown Cville, and his blog is online at HouseonBearMountain.com.

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August 3, 2018
1:00 pm - 4:30 pm EDT
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Doug Lawson


508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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