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What makes Harry Potter, Indiana Jones, Holly Golightly, and Walter White all so unforgettable? Bigger than life yet somehow also accessible, these characters have all made us feel genuine emotion. "While we may not respect all their choices," says instructor Kate Montgomery, "they have still managed to draw us in and make us care. If our best stories have just one thing in common, it’s a protagonist who stays with us long after the book is closed, or the screen has gone dark."

This workshop will focus on how to develop and then reveal a compelling and memorable main character. You’ll also learn how to craft a formidable antagonist and a lively mix of supporting players who will feel real and three-dimensional, even if they’re only in the story briefly.

Kate says, "We’ll explore the importance of character consistency and paradox, the dynamics of character contrast, and how to craft character relationships that enlighten and intrigue the audience and keep the story moving forward. We’ll also look at ways to deepen characters to make them both more sympathetic and surprising."

Through a combination of brief lectures (with hand-outs you keep for reference), writing exercises, and creative games, this workshop is an opportunity for both new and seasoned writers to hone tools they can put to use in a short story, novel, or screenplay.



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  1. Saturday, September 28, 10:00am-4:00pm


Saturday, September 28, 2019
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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10 days or more before the start date for a class, the registrant will receive a credit minus a 10% fee OR a refund minus a 20% fee.

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