Zoom Craft Seminar: How to Write Dynamic Characters, January 24th, 2021
Sunday, January 24, 2021
Live Seminar Via Zoom at 3:00PM CST
Led by Writing Workshops Founder & Executive Director, Blake Kimzey. His work has been adapted for broadcast on NPR and published by Tin House, McSweeney's, Short Fiction, Longform, VICE, and over 40 other literary journals.
Who are your favorite characters from literature, TV, and film?
Why do you love them above all others?
The characters that stick with us are ones we care deeply about; we want them to survive, to win the heart of their beloved, to conquer and vanquish their foes, real and imagined. To fully understand our favorite characters—and to fall in love with them as readers—we have to know what they want, what will happen if they don’t get it, and why it needs to happen now.
Writers must give characters agency, move them to action, and let them drive the story. You’ll leave this workshop with a better understanding of who your characters are, what they want, and what will happen if they don’t get it.
You'll walk away from this seminar inspired to connect with your characters on the page so that your readers will follow them all the way to THE END.
Blake Kimzey | Live via Zoom
Sunday, January 24, 2021 | 3:00PM - 4:30 PM CST
Seminar is fully ONLINE and meets via Zoom
Instructor Blake Kimzey founded and directs Writing Workshops & Writing Workshops Paris and is a co-founder of The Big Texas Read. Named one of D Magazine's Artists to Learn From, he is a graduate of the MFA Program at UC Irvine; Blake also sits on the Board of the Elizabeth George Foundation and received a generous Emerging Writer Grant from the Foundation. His fiction has been broadcast on NPR, performed on stage in Los Angeles, and published by Tin House, McSweeney’s, VICE, Longform, Redivider, D Magazine, The Dallas Morning News, Green Mountains Review, Short Fiction, FiveChapters, The Lifted Brow, Hobart, Puerto del Sol, The Los Angeles Review, The Masters Review, Booth, Faultline, FLAUNT Magazine, Malibu Magazine, Day One, PANK, Fiction Southeast, Surreal South '13, and selected by Pulitzer Prize-winner Robert Olen Butler for inclusion in The Best Small Fictions 2015. Blake’s collection of short tales, Families Among Us, an Indie Bestseller, was published by Black Lawrence Press in 2014. He is working on his first novel and is represented by Ryan Harbage. Blake has been awarded fellowships to attend the Squaw Valley Community of Writers and the Vermont Studio Center and a generous grant from Americans for the Arts Foundation. He has taught in the Creative Writing Programs at SMU, UT-Dallas and UC-Irvine. Follow him on Twitter @BlakeKimzey, or contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.