“Characters are the bedrock of your fiction. Plot is just a series of actions that happen in a sequence, and without someone to either perpetrate or suffer the consequences of those actions, you have no one for your reader to root for, or wish bad things on.” — Icy Sedgwick

“You cannot have an effective protagonist who simply responds to events happening around him or her. Your protagonist must act, not just react.”  Rachelle Gardner

Reading Assignments:

Character Creation:

1.) 33 Ways to Write Stronger Characters – by Kristen Kieffer
2.) How To Choose Your Character Names – by NY Book Editors 
3.) How to Create a Powerful Antagonist: The Epic Villain Breakdown – by Kristen Kieffer

Character Arcs:

1.) FAQ: How to Write Character Arcs in a Series – by K.M. Weiland
2.) How To Write Compelling Character Arcs In A Series – by Paige Duke
3.) How to Craft Character Arcs for Your Trilogy – Kristen Kieffer
4.) Creating Character: The Case AGAINST Character ARCS – by Script Magazine




Writing Assignments:



Class Discussion:

1.) Discuss the articles you read. Where there any that were more helpful than others? List 1-2 things you learned that maybe you hadn’t known or thought of before. This is also a good place to reintroduce yourself, if necessary.

Getting in the Mood:

1.) Write for 20 minutes: 

Group Assignments: