Personality, Character and Characterization
Dates: Sunday February 11 and Saturday February 17, 2018
11-5 each day; break for lunch 1-2 (BYO)
Location: NoteWordies, 636 7th Ave, Kirkland, WA 98033
Cost: $100
Leader: Wayne Ude
Registration and information:
Registration deadline: February 3
Space is LIMITED

Everyone knows what “character” means: a person in a work of fiction or drama. Except when it means inner integrity. Or, in conversation, an unusual person: “He’s a real character, that one,” or an exceptional person: “She’s got a lot of character.” Where does “personality” fit into this? And how do we show personality, integrity, lack of integrity and all the other elements which make up character? Explore personality, character and characterization, including in your own writing, in this intensive workshop.

We’ll begin by examining various levels and types of characters and their uses. After that we’ll spend our time exploring and trying various methods of creating characters, including description, dialogue, action, reactions to other characters, reactions by other characters, inner representation, tone, and narrative commentary.

Participants will receive in advance handouts on levels of characters and on methods of characterization. You’ll also receive in advance (or be given URLs for) two or three short stories for fuller discussions of the range of methods used within individual stories. Those discussions will probably take place at the second session.

On the first day we’ll also discuss at least three possibilities for assignments:

1) take an existing story or chapter of your own work and review it to see which methods of characterization you most often use—underline each and use Word’s ‘comment’ function to comment in the margin);

2) take an existing story or chapter of your own work and add at least one example of each method of characterization to the text [the result probably won’t be usable, but the exercise can give you things to think about];
3) write a new story or chapter with a new character and explore which methods of characterization most fit that character.

Those with a lot of energy may combine 1) and 2). Those who wish to may instead submit up to ten pages of your fiction for discussion on the second day. We’ll also discuss other possibilities.

By Wednesday February 14 you should e-mail your document to the instructor, who will (with permission of the authors) forward them to the entire group. These will form the basis of at least part of the second day’s discussion.

Registration and information: contact instructor at for further information. Questions welcome.
Space is LIMITED
Payment requested in advance.