In this workshop, writers will pay attention to how they consciously or unconsciously shape their character’s interiority, or what is also referred to as a character’s mental process, and the reader’s access or lack of access to them.
Take real life for example: we sometimes make knee-jerk reactions, and we pause and reflect on things that have happened to us. Our rationalization of these experiences affects how we interpret a person, how we interpret our own situation, how we interpret life. All of these are formative, and they often influence what we do in the future. They affect our expectations and anticipations. They shape our fears and hopes. They add textures to our lives. It is why we are not one-dimensional beings.
We will consider some short stories/novel excerpts by some of my favorite writers and how they pay attention to the characters’ mental processes, as well as doing some writing of our own. You'll leave the workshop with more insight into how to create complex characters, as well as new tools to bring into your own writing.
Bring something to write with. Sliding scale rates available to make the class accessible to all.
About the instructor: Ukamaka Olisakwe has written for the New York Times, Catapult, Rattle, Brittle Paper, and elsewhere. She is working on a book of memoir that explores her experience with childbirth, postpartum complications, and motherhood, in Nigeria. She is an MFA Candidate in the Writing & Publishing program at VCFA.
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