Can't connect with your protagonist? Award-winning author Zoraida Córdova will outline her own methods and worksheets, and detail step-by-step character development, in this two-week workshop.
Your Instructor: Zoraida Córdova
Where: Online — Available everywhere!
When: October 11, 2018 - October 25, 2018
Enrollment: 16 students
You’ve got the idea, a plot, a setting... but when it comes to your protagonist, you can’t seem to connect.
How can you create characters that stick with you long after you’ve turned the last page? Zoraida Córdova, award-winning author of urban fantasy and romance novels will give a crash-course on how writing in the YA genre has influenced her other works. In this two-week course, she’ll outline her own methods and worksheets and detail step-by-step character development.
Zoraida Córdova is the author of the Vicious Deep trilogy, the Brooklyn Brujas series, and the upcoming Hollow Crown. Her short fiction has appeared in the New York Times bestselling anthology, Star Wars: From a Certain Point of View, and Toil & Trouble: 16 Tales of Women and Witchcraft. She is a New Yorker at heart and is currently working on her next novel.
This is an introductory class to character, but all skill levels and all genres are welcome.
What This Class Covers
Week 1: What’s Your Name, Man?
Week one will focus on creating new characters (or developing already existing ones) using Zoraida’s personal worksheets. There will be a lot of introspective and self-reflection happening here, but she will work personally on asking even the most minute of details.
Week 2: Every character in its place
Week two will place the characters back into the story or novel and compare how the character development has changed from the previous week. How does this new character function within the setting and plot?
*Each week will include writing assignments and discussion opportunties, both with Zoraida and with the other students in the class.
Goals Of This Class
- Get to know your own characters inside and out
- Make sure each character has a motivation within the narrative
- Unravel potential plot holes through character
- Figure out what isn’t working and how to fix it while remaining true to your voice
LitReactor offers a unique approach to a writing education: You study what you want, when you want, at your own pace. We bring in veteran authors and industry professionals to host classes covering a wide range of topics in an online environment that’s interactive and flexible. You get detailed feedback on your work and take part in discussions in a judgement-free zone. It doesn’t matter if you’re a beginner or an experienced writer, our workshops are about working together to achieve your writing goals.
Where do classes take place?
Entirely online. So, anywhere you have Internet access.
Are there certain times when the whole class needs to "meet" online?
Nope. Our students come from all over the globe. Everything is posted online and accessible 24/7. (We do occasionally schedule phone chats, but try to reach a consensus on timing.)
What does a typical class consist of?
It varies, but nearly all our classes include weekly lectures, homework assignments, peer reviews, critiques from instructors, and discussion forums.
How much experience do you need to take a class?
Beginner or pro, everyone is welcome. We encourage all skill levels.
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