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Sunday, May 7 • 11:30am - 12:45pm
10G: Dramatis Personae, or What Are All These Characters Doing in Your Story? FULL
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Whether two characters spend five pages in a bar or a cast of hundreds fills your trilogy: who are they and why are they in your story? How can the reader tell them apart, remember them, grasp their relationships to each other, and understand the parts they play in forming a coherent story? Do you need them all? Who can be combined or lopped? What helps make them distinct? Whose history matters? In this workshop we’ll look at techniques to help you assess and articulate your characters, looking at order of appearance, entrances and exits, major and minor characters, definition of characters in relation to and contrast with each other, and the shifting alliances and tensions between them. Above all, we’ll look at what they do, as the web of their actions and reactions build a strong, memorable story.

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Lynne Barrett

Lynne Barrett’s most recent story collection is Magpies (Gold Medal, Florida Book Awards). What Editors Want, a guide to submitting to literary magazines based on her widely recommended essay in The Review Review, is now out in book form. She edited Tigertail: Florida Flash, co-edited Birth: A Literary Companion, and is editor of The Florida Book Review. She has received the Edgar Award for best mystery story and a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship, and her recent work can be found in Necessary Fiction, The Southern... Read More →

Sunday May 7, 2017 11:30am - 12:45pm
Tremont Room

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