Character is the Key: Unlock Your Best Stories
with Jessie Roy
February 29, 2024
If you want to tell vivid, fulfilling stories, start with character. As you conceive and develop authentic, dynamic characters, their choices become your story—so dive into character, and unlock everything else.
In this one-day workshop for fiction writers of all levels, we’ll dig deep into the practical mechanics of writing vivid characters. By taking seriously the factors large and small that motivate people, you’ll learn to build stronger characters, more engaging plots, and more powerful fiction.
You’ll learn to think about plot as character; how to use the concept of character sketching to help the reader imagine your characters’ lives beyond what’s on the page; and examine some passages from great published fiction to see how the writers we admire populate their worlds. Along the way, you’ll practice the techniques you’re learning by building a character study of your own for a current or future writing project.
This Workshop is For:
- Fiction writers of all backgrounds who want to learn to create complex and authentic characters, and use those characters as the foundation for writing great stories.
Learning and Writing Goals
In this workshop, you will learn:
- Sentence-level techniques for establishing character motivation and desires.
- A framework for constructing plot by analyzing your character choices and actions.
- To ‘Read like a writer’ by examining excerpts from great published stories and novels to analyze how their characters are built and borrow strategies to level up your own work.
In this workshop, you will write:
- A targeted character sketch to guide you in deepening and complicating a complex character from your own current or future writing project. You can use this technique over and over again when creating future characters.
We will meet from 7 PM to 9 PM Eastern time on Thursday, February 29.
Total length: 2 hours
10 minutes – Introductions, overview.
30 minutes – Lecture and demonstration of character techniques from published fiction.
10 minutes – Group discussion.
20 minutes – First half of writing exercise, sharing and discussion.
20 minutes – Second half of writing exercise, sharing and discussion.
30 minutes – Q&A and wrap-up.
Student Feedback for Jessie Roy:
Exactly what I was hoping for—targeted immersion into a specific writer’s tool backed by discussion and in-class exercises. Jesse picked a good slice of a broader topic to focus on for the one-day course and provided excellent exercises to bring her points home. She was friendly and supportive to everyone in the class. Great learning environment! Mimi Zhou
I’ve taken a few courses on Writers.com in the past and I have to say this has been the best one for me. Jessie’s feedback was detailed and specific, and really gave me insight on how to improve my writing. The group was very engaged and gave solid feedback each week as well. I really believe I’m a better writer thanks to this course. Keith Murphy
Jessie was amazing. I was impressed from the first feedback I received from her. She opened my eyes to the enormity of writing really good fiction while also showing me that its creation is still possible. Angela Scannell
February 29, 2024