Course Fee:
$
320; register by August 26th to receive a 10% discount!
Location:
Online
(via Zoom)
1663 Mission Street, Ste. 602, S.F.
Dates, Times & Instructors:
Tuesdays, Sept. 3rd - 24th, from 6:00-8:00pm
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Creating Compelling Characters with Anoop Judge

Tuesdays, Sept. 3rd - 24th| Creating Compelling Characters from the inside out.

Characters are the heartbeat of any story (whether you’re writing fiction, essays, nonfiction, or memoirs.) Through them, we can explore and make sense of the world. In this two-hour class, we will explore the tools you need to develop a variety of compelling characters with their own storylines and adventures. Are you ready to write a protagonist you can’t wait to meet?

In this course, you will explore the art and craft of creating unforgettable characters that leap off the page and linger in the minds of readers long after they’ve finished your story. Through a combination of lectures, interactive exercises, and in-depth discussions, we will delve into the key elements that make characters compelling, relatable, and dynamic.

Course Outline:

1. Understanding Character Types:
• Explore the different archetypes and stereotypes in literature.
• Learn how to create original and multi-dimensional characters.

2. Character Development Techniques:
• Discover methods to develop character backstories and motivations.

3. Creating Character Arcs:
• Understand the importance of character arcs in storytelling.
• Learn how to design transformative journeys for your characters.

4. Voice and Dialogue:
• Master the art of crafting distinct voices for each character.
• Practice writing authentic and engaging dialogue.

5. Interaction and Relationships:
• Examine how characters interact with each other and their environments.
• Study the dynamics of relationships and their impact on character development.

6. Conflict and Growth:
• Explore how internal and external conflicts shape characters.
• Learn how to use conflict as a tool for character growth and plot progression.

7. Ethical and Moral Dimensions:
• Discuss the ethical and moral complexities in character creation.
• Learn to write characters with believable flaws and virtues.

8. Practical Application:
• Participate in workshops and peer reviews to refine your character-building skills.
• Complete a character portfolio project by the end of the course.

Who Should Attend:
This course is ideal for writers of all levels who wish to deepen their understanding of character creation, including novelists, short story writers, screenwriters, and anyone interested in bringing their characters to life.

Learning Outcomes:
By the end of the course, you will have a toolkit of strategies for creating vivid, memorable characters, a deeper understanding of character dynamics, and a portfolio of developed characters ready to populate your stories.

Join us in this immersive journey into the heart of storytelling and discover the magic of creating compelling characters that resonate with readers everywhere.

Anoop Judge Born and raised in New Delhi, Anoop is the author of four novels, The Rummy Club, which won the 2015 Beverly Hills Book Award, The Awakening of Meena Rawat, an excerpt of which was nominated for the 2019 Pushcart Prize, No Ordinary Thursday, and Mercy and Grace.

Her essays and short stories have appeared in Green Hills Literary Lantern, Rigorous Journal, Lumiere Review, DoubleBack Review, and the Ornament Anthology, among others.

Anoop calls herself a “recovering litigator” —she worked in state and federal courts for many years before she replaced legal briefs with fictional tales. She holds an MFA from St. Mary’s College of California and was the recipient of the 2021 Advisory Board Award and the 2023 Alumni Scholarship.

Anoop is a Fiction Writing Instructor, teaching courses in Plot and Novel Writing at Stanford University and through the Writers’ Grotto in San Francisco. She lives in Pleasanton, California with her husband— her nearly grown kids have migrated to the East Coast and she is embracing this new chapter with open arms, a full heart, and an empty fridge!

Course Fee:
$
320; register by August 26th to receive a 10% discount!
Location:
Online
(via Zoom)
1663 Mission Street, Ste. 602, S.F.
Dates, Times & Instructors:
Tuesdays, Sept. 3rd - 24th, from 6:00-8:00pm
with
Anoop Judge
with
with
with
with
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