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Creating Better Characters

Sundays, June 7-28
ONLINE
Instructor: David Ciminello

For writers at all levels

This workshop will focus on the skills involved in creating and sustaining vibrant and complex characters for both short-and long-form works of fiction. Through a series of in-workshop prompt-based generative exercises and take-home assignments, you will create and flesh out a series of vivid characters. We will focus on physical description, the inner life of characters, and how scene and setting, action and dialogue can round out and bring our creations to life. Close attention will be paid to literary and poetic devices. Supportive in-workshop sharing and feedback will be an important part of the process.

CLASS LIAISONS: All classes have one liaison position. Liaisons receive free tuition in exchange for light duties before and after each class meeting.

SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE: Scholarships pay for the entire class tuition. All of our writing classes have at least one scholarship position available, made possible by a generous gift from Dennis Steinman.

To apply for Scholarship or Liaison positions, e-mail Susan Moore, Director of Programs for Writers, at susan@literary-arts.org with your name, contact information, and the class you are interested in. Priority is given to students who have not taken classes with us before. Scholarships are awarded 1-2 weeks before the class begins.  All scholarships are subject to availability.

David Ciminello

David Ciminello is a Portland-based writer and educator. His fiction has appeared in the Lambda Literary Award-winning anthology Portland Queer: Tales of the Rose CityUnderwater New YorkLuminaNailed Magazine, and in the podcast series Storytellers Telling Stories.  As a professional screenwriter, David has developed projects with Aaron Spelling Productions, All Girl Productions, Sony Pictures, HBO, and Twentieth Century Fox. His original screenplay, Bruno, appears on DVD as The Dress Code.
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