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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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Instructor
    Kate Montgomery is best known for her award-winning Native American comedy Christmas in the Clouds, which premiered at The Sundance Film Festival and went on to win top prizes in Austin & Santa Fe. Her credits also include the digital indie Ever Since the World Ended, which won the San Francisco Independent Film Festival and London Sci Fi Film Festival. Kate’s current projects include the San Francisco-based comedy series Neither Here Nor There, the dramatic feature Outerlands, and her own romantic comedy Hooking Up Hannah. A member of the Directors Guild of America and the Writers Guild of America, Kate has optioned and sold screenplays to studios and producers in the US, UK & Canada and works as a writing coach, story editor and marketing consultant for industry clients in the US and abroad.
Schedule
  1. Saturday, September 28, 10:00am-4:00pm

Details

Date:
Sat, September 28
Time:
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Cost:
$145
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Venue

Berkeley
2121 Bonar St, Studio D, 2nd Fl
Berkeley, CA United States
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Tickets

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Conjure Better Characters$145.00Berkeley

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Registration Deadline

Registration closes 24 hours before the start time for a class.

Cancellation Policy

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.

3-9 days before the start date for a class, the registrant will receive a credit minus a 20% fee OR a refund minus a 30% fee.

2 days or less before the start date for a class, the registrant will not receive a credit or a refund.

The Writing Salon cannot provide refunds, transfer payments, or offer makeup sessions for classes a student might miss, for any reason.

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