Writing People: How Characterization Works In Fiction,
with Dave Daniel

 

Saturday, March 21, 2020

10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Thayer Memorial Library, 717 Main Street, Lancaster, Massachusetts

 

The workshop with begin with a brief discussion about the function of characters in story and then cover everything from constructing characters to suit story needs, building character motivation, creating character/reader identification, major & minor and round & flat characters . . . and even matters like character description and naming characters.

We will examine several models of characters in stories and will create a character sketch. I will provide handouts. Participants are encouraged to bring along a piece of their writing that introduces a character.

The San Francisco Examiner called David Daniel’s White Rabbit “one of the most atmospheric novels about the Sixties.” He has published ten additional novels and over 250 short stories. The Heaven Stone won a Private Eye Writers of America award and was a Shamus Award finalist. He teaches fiction writing at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell. Among his books are novels Ark, The Marble Kite, Goofy Foot, Reunion, and collections of short fiction, Six Off 66, Coffin Dust, and most recently Inflections & Innuendos. 

You can see examples of recent very short fiction at www.thestoryside.com.