“We start with a theme, or a situation and then come up with the best characters to tell it.”
David Simon, creator of The Wire
“I start with a character and think about the kind of situations he can be in.”
Elmore Leonard, novelist
So, these are pretty much opposite approaches—they can’t both be right! And yet they both are. Because there is no right or wrong, only interesting or boring.
John McFetridge has drawn critical praise for the memorable, complex characters populating his atmospheric mysteries. Join him in a workshop about creating a compelling series character. You may even discuss characters of your own creation.
Registration includes coffee & tea. Pick up a light snack beforehand at the Human Bean on the main floor.
The seminar is directed toward people with a strong interest in writing, but no publishing experience is required.