A Fiction Workshop
Instructor: Sarah Braunstein
Maximum Attendees: 12
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Jane Eyre. Jason Bourne. Jean Brodie. Sula. Holden Caulfield. Lolita. All indelible characters, brimming with life, lingering in the reader’s consciousness long after the story concludes. Who are the characters that stay with you? What can you learn from them? How can you make your own characters as vivid and memorable? This day-long workshop is designed for fiction writers of any experience level. We’ll talk about how to establish haunting literary personages, challenge reader expectations, and create dynamic conflicts. We’ll complete a few of short, technique-focused writing exercises, share work, and discuss strategies to keep writing. Ahab. Oscar Wao. Boo Radley. Whom will you contribute to this list?
Attendees are asked to please bring:
1. A one-page (double-spaced, 12-point type) character description from your own work (or part of a scene in which we see a character in action). Bring 13 copies.
2.One page from a published work of fiction, a book you love of any era, in which an indelible character is introduced. Bring 13 copies.
Sarah Braunstein is the author of The Sweet Relief of Missing Children, which won the Maine Book Award in fiction in 2012. In 2010 she was named one of “5 Under 35” fiction writers by the National Book Foundation, and she received a 2007 Rona Jaffe Writer’s Award. Her stories and essays have appeared in The New Yorker, Ploughshares, AGNI, The Sun, Nylon Magazine, Maine Magazine, and on NPR’s All Things Considered. She is the 2013-2014 Coastal Studies Scholar at Bowdoin College, and teaches in the Stonecoast MFA program at the University of Southern Maine. She holds an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and an MSW from Smith College School for Social Work. Based in Portland, Maine, she is at work on a second novel and a book of essays.