In fiction, character is indelibly tied to the story. As one deepens and develops, so does the other. In this session, we’ll move past the basics of fictional characters into further investigations of how to best create compelling and original people in your pages. We’ll focus on such questions as: How can we use dialogue as an essential tool for revealing character? How do conflict and change in the story’s plot push characters toward memorable actions and decisions? What’s the best way to write a character who is a lot like you? What about one who is not? In this discussion, I’ll offer strategies for taking your characters to the next level of believable complexity. We’ll read some short excerpts and try a few written exercises, so bring a paper and pen (or a computer).
Emily Gray Tedrowe is the author of the novels COMMUTERS, BLUE STARS, and the forthcoming THE PRICE OF ART. She has received awards from the Sewanee Writers' Conference, the Ragdale Foundation, VCCA, and the Illinois Arts Council. Her short fiction has appeared in the Chicago Tribune's Printers Row Journal as well as in Fifty-Two Stories, Other Voices, Crab Orchard Review, and other journals. Her book reviews regularly appear in USA Today. Originally from New York City, Tedrowe now lives in Chicago where she teaches English and creative writing at DePaul University. Photo credit to Marion Ettlinger
Emily will accept up to 5 manuscripts for critique on a first come first chosen basis. Please see manuscript guidelines.