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Helping Beginning Writers Conceive, Write, Publish and Market Their Novels.
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Saturday, January 28 • 10:30am - 11:45am
Developing Great Characters

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Interesting, quirky, believable characters are the lifeblood of successful writing. Without them, your work will fall flat and readers won’t want to come back for more, even when your storytelling is strong. It’s also quite easy to find yourself unconsciously using stock characters that you’ve been exposed to all your life, but which often result in dull, predictable dialogue and action.

This seminar will explore a variety of techniques for creating great characters, without getting bogged down in impractical lists of attributes. We will also discuss common clichés and mistakes, as well as the complexities of writing the other, and of creating characters for invented realities.

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Meriah Crawford

Associate Professor, Virginia Commonwealth University
Meriah Crawford is a writer, editor, teacher, and private investigator. As an associate professor at Virginia Commonwealth University, she teaches a variety of writing classes, including creative writing. Her dissertation explored point of view in writing, with a focus on second person and its relation to trauma.   Meriah’s published work includes short fiction in a wide range of genres, two poems, a variety of nonfiction work, and... Read More →

Saturday January 28, 2017 10:30am - 11:45am
1-Beginning Campbell Room

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