Instructor: Ursula DeYoung
Date & Time: Saturday, March 31 | 10:30 AM to 2:30 PM
Location: USM’s Glickman Library, Portland
Level: Open
Maximum Attendees: 12 1 SPOT REMAINS
Fee: MWPA Member $50 | Nonmember $105
Registration Closes: March 26

In the hands of a skilled writer, meeting a new character is one of the most vivid experiences of reading fiction. An effective introduction, whether the character appears at the book’s opening or as an unexpected arrival halfway through, will intrigue readers and increase their investment in the story. But for an introduction to be both memorable and engaging, the description must sketch out a unique personality in just a few sentences.

In this seminar, attendees will discuss the best ways of introducing a character memorably and distinctly. They will review several examples by distinguished writers—including Charles Dickens, Angela Carter, and Jhumpa Lahiri—and analyze their various techniques. Attendees will also try their own hands at introducing new characters who grab the reader’s attention. By the workshop’s end, attendees will have learned the skills necessary to create unforgettable characters.

Ursula DeYoung is a writer, teacher, and editor living in Cambridge, Mass. After receiving her doctorate in History from Oxford University, she transitioned into writing fiction, often set in the past. Her first novel, Shorecliff, about a family gathering on the coast of Maine in 1928, was published by Little, Brown in 2013, and she is currently working on her second, an exploration of class and friendship in the early 20th century. She teaches creative writing at the GrubStreet Writing Center in Boston and also works as a freelance editor.

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The MWPA is proud to offer one full scholarship to this workshop for members-only. Scholarships are awarded on a combination of need and merit. Application Due in the MWPA office on March 19 at 9:00 a.m.

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