Strength in Character: Fundamentals for Fiction Writers

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Strength in Character: Fundamentals for Fiction Writers


This workshop will focus on character as the foundation of fiction. Flannery O’Connor advised writers that “If you start with a real personality, a real character, then something is bound to hap-pen; and you don’t have to know what before you begin.” This workshop will offer practice in bringing fictional characters to life through point of view, detail, and dialogue. We will explore connections among character, plot, and setting through our characters’ actions and reactions, memories and imaginings. 

O’Connor suggests, too, that writers don’t have to know everything about a story before they begin. We will treat writing as a process of discovery, finding out what’s “bound to happen” when we create full-bodied characters. 

Participants in this workshop will discuss shared readings, generate new work, receive feedback from an engaged community of writers, and will leave the weekend with tools for writing effec-tive fiction in the future. Open to writers at all experience levels, with a special focus on writers who want to strengthen their fiction fundamentals.

When: Friday, October 12th,  6:00pm-7:30pm

Saturday, October 13th, 9:30am-3:30pm

Sunday, October 14th, 9:30am-3:30pm

Where: Iowa Writers' House

Price: $265

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