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Introductory/Intermediate | Characters make a story come alive, but what makes a character herself come to life? Description? Dialogue? Behavior? Aristotle said that human beings are their desires. In this workshop, we’ll explore character desire as the main motivation for plot, looking at how characters interact, struggle together, reveal (or don’t) their inner wants, and respond to what gets in the way. You’ll leave with a clear sense of how to enliven your characters and use them to build your story.
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.
Class Type: 1 SessionFiction, Multigenre, Nonfiction, Prose
Start Date: 07/30/2017
Days of the Week: Sunday
Time: 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm PDT
Minimum Class Size: 5
Maximum Class Size: 15
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$120.00 General Price:
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Susan V. Meyers has lived and taught in Chile, Costa Rica, and Mexico. She earned an MFA from the University of Minnesota and a PhD from the University of Arizona, and she currently directs the Creative Writing Program at Seattle University. Her fiction and nonfiction have been supported by grants from the Fulbright foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, 4Culture, Artist Trust, and the Squaw Valley Community of Writers, as well as several artists residencies. Her novel Failing the Trapeze won the Nilsen Award for a First Novel and the Fiction Attic Press Award for a First Novel, and it was a finalist for the New American Fiction Award. Other work has recently appeared in Per Contra, Calyx, Dogwood, The Portland Review, and The Minnesota Review, and it has twice been nominated for a Pushcart Prize.