Course Catalog

Building Characters from Real Life

DATE CHANGE: This class will now start on 11/11 and end on 11/25. This has been updated from the print catalog. 

All Levels | Characters are what sell a story, turning an abstract idea into a living, breathing representation of human experience. In nonfiction, writers build characters from the messy material of real life. In fiction, writers often draw on real people in order to develop convincing characters. In this generative class, you’ll explore techniques for rendering real people as characters through scenes, dialogue, and telling details. You’ll learn strategies from nonfiction and journalism for digging into the thoughts, habits, quirks, and substance of characters.

Beginning Fall 2021, we will be adding select in-person classes back to our course catalog. The majority of our classes will still be offered via Zoom.

If a class says IN-PERSON in its title, it will take place in person at our permanent home in Seattle.

If a class says ASYNCHRONOUS in its title, it will take place on Wet Ink, our asynchronous learning platform.

If a class does not have a marker after its title, it will take place via Zoom.

Instructor: Madeline Ostrander

Class Type: 3 Sessions

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Start Date: 11/11/2019

End Date: 11/25/2019

Days of the Week: Monday

Time: 7:10 pm – 9:10 pm PST

Minimum Class Size: 5

Maximum Class Size: 15

$153.00 Member Price:
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$170.00 General Price:

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Madeline Ostrander

Madeline Ostrander’s work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Sun Magazine, Audubon Magazine, The Nation, Al Jazeera America, and High Country News. She is a full-time freelance science and environmental writer and the former senior editor of YES! Magazine.

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