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Innovative Tools to Spice Up Your Character Development (in-person seminar)

June 22 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT

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Kristie Smeltzer

Instructor: Kristie Smeltzer
$60 Members | $65 Nonmembers
Saturday, 6/22/24 | 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Get ready to roll up your sleeves and try out some innovative tools to develop your characters. Strong characters are a key component in fiction, but sometimes the tried-and-true methods of character development just don’t spark our creativity.

This seminar will give participants the opportunity to try at least three different techniques to develop characters they are currently working on—and have fun doing it. We’ll borrow tools from gaming, project planning, facilitation, and other activities to explore our characters differently. Participants will leave with a resource packet that includes information about all the techniques introduced in the seminar, so they can continue to play beyond the session.

Kristie Smeltzer’s fiction has been published by Scribes*MICRO*Fiction, MonkeyBicycle, Atticus Review, pioneertown, and others. She is currently working on several novels. She earned her MFA in creative writing at the University of Central Florida. Kristie has taught at WriterHouse since 2016, and her students have gone on to publish their work in literary magazines, with small presses, and through large publishing houses. She also helps others tell their stories as a developmental editor and writing coach. WriterHouse members get a 5% discount on Kristie’s services. Learn more at www.kristiesmeltzer.com.

Register by mail: Send check and registration form to WriterHouse, PO Box 222, Charlottesville, VA 22902. Email programs@writerhouse.org to let us know your check is coming.

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508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, VA 22902 United States
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Kristie Smeltzer