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Characters, Plot, and the Whole Damn Thing

Once they’ve begun reading a book, people tend to stick with it because the characters are compelling or because the plot is tight and fast-paced, or because of both. We’ll be looking at how a writer can manage characters, plot, setting, and scene in such a way that the reader is hooked, engaged, and enthralled. We’ll also be looking at what novelist Sue Grafton meant when she said, “If you know the question, you know the answer.” Students should bring the first scene in which their main character/s appear as well as a description of the plot of their novel. This class has a one-hour lunch.

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: Elizabeth George

Class Type: 2 Sessions


Start Date: 10/20/2018

End Date: 10/21/2018

Days of the Week: Saturday, Sunday

Time: 10:00 am – 3:00 pm PDT

Minimum Class Size: 5

Maximum Class Size: 15

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Elizabeth George

Elizabeth George is a New York Times and internationally best-selling author of twenty British crime novels featuring Detective Inspector Thomas Lynley and his unconventional partner Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers. She also authored a young adult series that takes place on Whidbey Island where she lives and a best-selling book on the writing craft, Write Away.

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