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PWL054 Character Development Masterclass

  • 05 Jul 2020
  • 9:00 AM
  • 10 Jul 2020
  • Forum 104, 104 Rue de Vaugirard, 75006 Paris
  • 12



Character Development Masterclass - Nahid Rachlin

Building Characters in Fiction - To reach readers in fiction it is important to develop believable, three-dimensional characters. How do you create complex, real people within the context of plot, dialogue, viewpoint, voice? This is the question I will try to answer as we discuss your work you have already written and bring to the class. (I will encourage constructive criticism). In the discussion we will refer to a page or two of published work.  If time permits I will also give class exercises and discuss publishing aspects of writing-- how to go about getting an agent, writing a cover letter, what to expect from the publishing world today.

Expert workshop classes will be held at Forum 104 and one class at WICE (classes in the morning and readings, talks and panel discussions in the afternoon and evening).

Additional literary agent consultations will be available for 75 Euros during the week, booking details can be found here (PWL059 Agent Consultation). If you would like to attend the literary dinner, please register for that separately as well (PWL05X Paris Writers Workshop Literary Dinner). Dinner rates for PWW participants and their guests are 55 euros per person.

Early bird prices are available until 15 May 2020

If the PWW is conducted at distance registrants shall benefit from a 15% reduction in price

Special Instructions: Please send a 12 point font, double-spaced, 15 pages of your own work for peer and instructor feedback between 01 June and 30 June 2020, with a paragraph about your reasons for taking the course and what you expect from it, to: pww@wice-paris.org, with a copy to Dimitri Keramitas (Director of the Paris Writers Workshop and WICE Creative Writing Program) at creativewriting@wice-paris.org. The material will be forwarded to the instructor.

About the Author: Nahid Rachlin went to Columbia University Writing Program on a Doubleday-Columbia Fellowship and then to Stanford University writing program on a Wallace Stegner Fellowship. Her publications include four novels: FOREIGNER (W.W. Norton), MARRIED TO A STRANGER (E.P. Dutton), two short story collections, VEILS (City Lights), AWAY HOME (Ravenna Press), a memoir, PERSIAN GIRLS (Penguin). Her individual short stories have appeared in many magazines. One of her stories was produced by Symphony Space, “Selected Shorts,” and aired on NPR’s around the country. She has been interviewed on NPR stations such as Fresh Air (Terry Gross), and in magazines including, Poets &writers, Writers Chronicle. She has written reviews and essays for New York Times and Los Angeles Times. She has taught creative writing at Barnard College, Southampton College, New York University and New School. She also teaches in a variety of writer’s conferences in the U.S. and Europe, including Iowa Summer writers conference.

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