Seeing Is Believing: Crafting Great Characters from Real Life

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Seeing Is Believing: Crafting Great Characters from Real Life


Whether you are working on a memoir or are a novelist eager to take your character development to a new level, this workshop will reveal new ways to write compelling and emotionally rich portraits of people that feel instantly recognizable in their honesty and complexity. 

Drawing from the literary journalist’s toolkit, writers will master strategies to approach the familiar with new eyes and to access imagery and details that help us truly see another person on the page. By reading and discussing ways other writers have used the raw material of everyday life to craft compelling, emotionally resonant characters, you will walk away with clear ideas for bringing these techniques to your own writing process. And finally, through a series of writing exercises, you will have a chance to bring together all the strands of what you are learning into a single portrait in miniature, and you will receive supportive feedback that leaves you feeling inspired to continue on your own. 

When: Friday, September 15th, 6:00pm-7:30pm

Saturday, September 16th, 9:30am-3:30pm (Lunch break at noon)

Sunday, September 17th, 9:30am-3:30pm (Lunch break at noon)

Where: Iowa Writers' House, 332 East Davenport St

Cost: $265 ($235 early bird pricing through September 1st)

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