OCWW in the News and Mary Robinette Kowal Homework

April 05, 2017 10:05 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

EXTRA, EXTRA, OCWW NEWS!

Gina Grillo has shared the link to our latest article on the Tribune Website:

https://www.google.com/amp/www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/winnetka/lifestyles/ct-evr-go-off-campus-writers-workshop-tl-0323-20170321-story,amp.html

SECONDARY CHARACTERS HOMEWORK

AS PROMISED FROM FROM MARY ROBINETTE KOWAL

Last week Mary Robinette Kowal shared strategies and tips for avoiding common problems with our novel’s secondary characters. We don’t want our secondary characters to take over our story or be too bland. Mary shared a tool to help us create interesting and diverse characters with depth for our novels and shake these up to add conflict and ideas for storylines. If you have any questions about Mary’s process of casting your novel, please use this as an opportunity to have an interesting discussion with someone who attended the workshop. Ask around at our next session. Danielle (Dani) Hayden has graciously agreed to be a resource if you have any questions.

Here’s Mary’s Homework Assignment:

Now you're going to cast your story. Think of this as having a completely open casting call for a film, in which you're willing to look at anybody. Try to get through at least three of the characters. We've talked about the various axes of diversity; use those to create your characters. Try making at least two of the axes for each character arc on the subordinate end of the spectrum

Role

Age

Ability

Gender

Race/Ethnicity

Orientation/Sexuality

Class/Education

           

           

For your homework, fill out the casting sheet twice and flip at least two axis elements for each character. You may change all of them, but at least two per character and think about what advantages they offer for the narrative you want to tell. Also look to make certain that none of your choices introduce problematic tropes.

Focus on flip for at least two axes elements: Age, ability, race, class/education.

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