Mastering Character Arcs

2024 April | Craft

WHEN: April 1, 2024 – April 30, 2024 via GroupsIO

Course Description:

One reason we come to fiction is to experience the changes characters go through. And, while the external journey from maid to princess or farmer to Jedi knight may create engaging challenges, we identify with characters because they learn how to trust others or master their tempers or become their true selves. They go on journeys where they learn who they are and how they fit in. They overcome their flaws, form connections, grow up and heal. The internal change is shaped and forced by their external tasks, giving them arcs that delight readers. This class will help participants to honestly assess the flaws in characters they love. They’ll look at how hard choices avoided make things worse and how choices faced with courage bring growth, understanding… and credible happy endings.

About the Instructor:

Andrews is a full-time, independent writer. Recently, he was honored to be named an Inaugural Blue Sky (Norman Lear) Fellow, based on his script for a TV pilot. He has written/edited two books and published over 200 articles explaining technology to lay audiences. His short fiction has been included in Reflection’s Edge, Burst, Big Pulp, On the Premises, Dreams & Nightmares, Sniplets, and Staffs & Starships. He has attended Clarion, Bread Loaf, and Stowe Story Labs. In my professional career, I have worked as a biochemist, speechwriter, Web producer, and radio producer. His blog, How to Write Fast, has over 500 posts offering storytelling advice,