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Creating Complex Characters

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Creating Complex Characters
Jennifer Springsteen
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10:00 - 4:00
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March 10, 2020

Workshop registration opens for members on February 27.

Workshop Overview

We will look at the character arcs of our main characters. Does your character change for the better? Does he remain true to himself and his values? Does she fall victim to her own false illusions? Through selected readings, and using prompts and exercises, we will learn who our characters are and how they shape the world (and influence the plot) around them.

About the Instructor(s)

Jennifer Springsteen is the co-founder of PDX Writers and a certified facilitator in the Amherst Writers and Artists method. She is the recipient of the 2008 Oregon Literary Arts Fellowship for fiction and a 2015 Fishtrap Summer Fellow. Her first story collection, Virginia State Map, was a contest finalist with the University of Missouri-Kansas City Press. She has been nominated for two Pushcart Prizes and is the editor of VoiceCatcher4, and she continues to edit and coach writers. She completed her first novel, American War Song, and is completing her second, King of Boys.She is currently revising a second novel and polishing a short story selection. In 2018, she received two Regional Arts and Culture Council grants: one to attend Boston’s Muse and Marketplace conference, and the other to conduct research in Virginia caves to advance understanding a third novel. She is currently a seminarian at Starr King School for the Ministry.

Materials List: Students Bring

• Notebook and pens and/or laptop

Materials List: Provided by Instructor(s)

• Handouts
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