Agents of Change: Building Characters through Action
Fiction writers often speak of agency, meaning we want to know how characters will act (or not act) in key moments—a core tenet in characterization. We’ll explore how action can make our characters more dynamic, complex, and resonant while also intensifying tension, plot, and movement. We’ll read contemporary short-story and novel excerpts as models and then practice our own through targeted prompts.
About the Instructor: Bryn Chancellor is the author of the novel Sycamore, a Southwest Book of the Year and Amazon Editors’ Best Book of 2017, and the story collection When Are You Coming Home?, winner of the Prairie Schooner Book Prize, with work published in numerous literary journals. Honors include a 2018 North Carolina Arts Council Artist Fellowship and the Poets and Writers Maureen Egen Writers Exchange Award. She is associate professor at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
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