ABOUT THE CLASS: Three-dimensional characters need to evolve as your story unfolds. Troubles often arise when writers try to create characters who continually reveal new layers. Learn how the “triangle” technique can unveil your character’s suppressed or shadow traits, which will emerge as the character struggles to overcome a deeply hidden flaw. It is the overcoming of this flaw that creates dynamic action, both external and internal. The class will help you â€¢ Identify your character’s surface traits â€¢ Find the corresponding shadows â€¢ Match those to plausible “fatal flaws” â€¢ Add natural traits that build tension â€¢ Increase internal and external conflict â€¢ Use plot points to ignite character change
ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR: Connie Flynn teaches popular fiction writing at Phoenix College and, periodically for Arizona State University’s Piper Writing Center. She has written award-winning paranormal romances for Penguin and has recently expanded to mysteries and has completed two novels and one script, and also a short story, which was published by Red Coyote Press. Enrollment Information at http://www.occrwa.org/onlineclassNov09.html COST: $20 for OCC members, $30 for non-members
Coming in January 2010â€“ â€œThe Purpose Driven Sceneâ€ with Lynn Kerstan This workshop focuses on how to develop a scene that is chock-full of character development, conflict, emotion, and for the reader- a vivid sense of â€œbeing there.â€ http://www.occrwa.org/onlineclasses.html. Check out our full list of workshops.
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As if Olivia Merriman doesn’t have enough to do in her beloved town of New Moon Beach, now her grouchy great-grandmother has recruited her to head up their coven of witches; her sisters are miffed, the coven is pushing her to accept the job, and to top it all off an evil wizard is messing with her love life. More info →