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Friday, April 6 • 3:45pm - 5:00pm
4G: Introducing Unforgettable Characters FULL
Limited Capacity full

One of the most exciting experiences in reading fiction is meeting an intriguing new character—a figure who instantly enchants us. All too often, though, we open books to find generic, dull characters or—even worse—a slew of indistinguishable people, none of whom stand out as individuals. How can writers ensure that their characters are both distinct and fascinating, from the first moment when they arrive on the scene? This session will answer that question through a detailed look at how to shape and distinguish characters, how to present them effectively, and how to make sure that their appearances, desires, and personalities leap off the page. We will look at brief samples from published authors and also complete an exercise in developing a fully formed character. By the end of the session, you will feel greater confidence in your ability to create and introduce unforgettable figures in your fiction.

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Ursula DeYoung

Ursula DeYoung is a novelist and editor living Cambridge, MA. Her first novel, Shorecliff, a family drama set in 1920s Maine, was published by Little, Brown in 2013. In 2017, she founded the literary journal Embark, which features the openings of unpublished novels. She has greatly... Read More →

Friday April 6, 2018 3:45pm - 5:00pm EDT
White Hill Room - 4th Floor
  Block 4, Lecture