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North Baltimore Chapter Meeting: Eight Aspects of Writing Character

October 22, 2020
7:00 PM

North Baltimore Chapter Zoom Meeting

Author and Educator, Eugenia Kim, will teach us about writing character. It is the touchstone of literature, be it fiction, creative nonfiction, and sometimes poetry. Literature is character-driven because it is through character that we follow the story, from protagonist (the narrator in creative nonfiction), antagonist, to secondary and walk-on characters, and it is through character that the story grows to universality. How does one effectively write a memorable character? Eugenia will present eight aspects of writing character, from point of view, to character’s desire, to dialogue, to image and physicality, and more. Very short exercises will reinforce key elements of writing character, and extended exercises will be provided in handouts to try out on your own. Other handouts that reinforce this discussion will also be provided.

Eugenia Kim’s debut novel, The Calligrapher’s Daughter, won the 2009 Borders Original Voices Award, was shortlisted for the 2010 Dayton Literary Peace Prize, and was a Washington Post Best Historical Novel for 2009 and Critic’s Pick. Her second novel, The Kinship of Secrets, was a 2018 Library Reads pick, and an Amazon Best Book of the Month/Literature and Fiction. Both books were widely published internationally. Her work has appeared in Raven Chronicles, Potomac Review, in several anthologies, and elsewhere. She teaches fiction and nonfiction at Fairfield University’s MFA Creative Writing Program.

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