Description of Class
One night. One author. One focused study of the craft.
We’re pleased to welcome author J. Ryan Stradal to the studio for this single-session master class on writing characters in fiction. Take advantage of this unique opportunity to study with a master for an evening of close reading and in-depth discussion.
In fiction, character is the font of narrative. A strongly-written character’s desires, behavior, and limitations create and evolve plot. Consequently, when starting a new novel or story, a writer’s knowledge of one’s primary characters interrogates and supersedes all other variables.
Through a discussion of the work of Flannery O’Connor, Alice Munro, Paul Beatty, and Denis Johnson, this class will explore the components and utility of memorable characters. Students are urged, but not required, to bring work-in-progress or character sketches for discussion and exploration.
The class will include craft discussion; an exercise; and Q & A.
J. Ryan will also be at the Book Cellar in Lincoln Square on Saturday 9/28 at 4:30pm for a reading and signing.Top