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How to Make a Mess:

Writing Nuanced, Authentic (& Messy) Characters

  • Ended
  • 275 US dollars
  • Zoom

Service Description

HOLIDAY PRICE SLASH! Was $299, now $275! Nobody’s perfect! And frankly, who would want to be perfect? Everyone makes mistakes, and we shouldn’t be afraid of allowing our characters to make mistakes as well. Flaws make the best starting points for any character and mistakes allow for growth, on and off the page. The biggest misconception writers make is assuming readers want and need “likeable” characters. But what is likeability? And who, exactly, is likeable? Too often, “likeability” is conflated with “perfection,” but it’s not possible for every character to do and say the “perfect things.” All main characters are active participants in their own stories, and all stories include inner and outer conflict, and that requires a balancing act, a learning curve, and the ability for characters to make messes, just to learn how to clean them up. Throw “likeability” aside and get messy: Let’s practice throwing our contradictions on the page, explore the nuances of identity and mental health, develop motivations, get real and raw, and tackle the complexities and reality of writing nuanced, authentic characters. Instructor: Steven Salvatore Class Type: Virtual - All classes are taught virtually in real time in our virtual Zoom classrooms. This keeps the instruction intimate yet accessible to writers across the country. Event Type: Intensive Writing Workshop Course Duration: 6 Weeks Course Dates: Tuesdays from February 14th-March 21st Must be 18 years old. Must have Zoom downloaded to your computer. For safety and privacy reasons, you will be required to register once at the beginning of the course in order to access each session thereafter.

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