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Date(s): Friday, February 23, 2018, 9:45 to 10:45 a.m.
Location: Carson Ballroom, Old Main (view map)
Genre and Form(s): Fiction, Mixed Genre
What makes a character memorable? How do you design a character that drives story? Great characters are not perfect. Some great characters are not even likable. At times, it’s character’s meanness, cynicism, and wretchedness that draws a reader to them and makes the plot matter. Great characters are complex, flawed, unique human beings—just like their writers and readers. Join authors Alix Ohlin, Roy Kesey, and Tod Golberg as they discuss techniques and strategies for crafting and memorable characters, how character development intersects other narrative components such as voice and setting, creating dubious characters who don’t turn off your readers, and how to bring characters—from the charismatic to the anti-heroes—to life.