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We all want to create memorable characters, but first we need to know who our characters are. In this course, we’ll discuss how to create vivid characters that jump off the page by looking at what unforgettable characters all have in common and how to craft your own. Together, we’ll also discuss how knowing the ins and outs of your character will improve all aspects of your creative writing, including the development of a plot that will keep readers invested and engaged. We’ll look at the work of Jamaica Kincaid, Sandra Cisneros, and Jade Sharma.
Instructor: Stephanie Jimenez
Stephanie Jimenez is a former Fulbright recipient. Her fiction and nonfiction have appeared in the Guardian; O, The Oprah Magazine; The New York Times; Joyland Magazine; and more. She completed a novel-writing intensive at Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, and she attended the 2017 Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference for fiction. They Could Have Named Her Anything is her debut novel. She lives in Queens, New York.
The Literature Series “Writing on Race & Immigration” at Lewis Latimer House Museum is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. This workshop is produced in partnership with Newtown Literary.