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Among the many aspects of successful narrative, one of the most essential is effective characterization. “Think of your favorite books or stories,” says instructor David Hill, “and chances are you remember the central characters as if you’d experienced them in real life.” But how do writers bring characters to life on the page?


In this class, we’ll explore the many available tools for developing believable and interesting characters, focusing not only on external appearance and dialogue, but also on characters’ interiority, authorial intrusion, and filtering through other characters. We’ll explore elements of “flat” and “round” characters, direct and indirect characterization, consistency vs. contradiction, the development of a character as the story progresses, and how our choice of point of view affects the way we represent characters on the page.
We’ll read closely from the work of established authors and engage in writing exercises designed not only to begin creating characters but to put those characters into action. We’ll also have opportunities to share what we write in class in order to learn from and encourage one another, as well as offer constructive and meaningful feedback for further development. Writers of all levels of experience are welcome.



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1-  Saturday, April 29 | 10:00am-4:00pm

Class Prep


  • David was a great facilitator with a very positive, generous spirit that cultivated the same in the students. His suggestions for development, of the specific pieces under consideration, and for us generally as writers, were thoughtful, insightful, eloquent, and inspiring. David was very good at seamlessly introducing topics of craft and style into the workshop process. I gained a great deal of self-knowledge about my writing style and how it reads to others and significantly increased confidence to share my work.

    Erin Wolthausen
  • David’s gentle manner in leading the class was spot-on. He is approachable, encouraging, challenging, honest and authentic.I’ve gained a lot more motivation to continue writing!

    Thank you!

    David Ferguson
    David Ferguson Occupation


Saturday, April 29, 2017
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm PDT
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2121 Bonar St, Studio D, 2nd Fl
Berkeley, CA United States
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