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Saturday, April 6 • 3:00pm - 4:15pm
7A: I Want You To Want Me: Using Desire to Create Complex Characters FULL
Limited Capacity full

Maybe you’ve heard Kurt Vonnegut’s advice: “Every character must want something, even if it’s only a glass of water.” Are your characters thirsty enough? And if they really want water so badly, why are they knocking over the glass and storming out of the room?

A multi-layered exploration of desire – and all the ways it makes us act – can help us turn flat characters into robust, complicated ones. In this session, through lecture and several lively exercises, we’ll discover more of what our characters want and how that can better propel our fiction.

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Heather Abel

Heather Abel’s debut novel, The Optimistic Decade, published last year, was an Indie Next Pick and received praise from the New York Times, People Magazine, the New York Post, New York Magazine, Buzzfeed, Bustle, the Seattle Times, and the Pittsburg Post-Gazette, among other places... Read More →

Saturday April 6, 2019 3:00pm - 4:15pm EDT
Stuart Room - 4th Floor