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Building Character and Building Plot Through Character

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St. Edward's University
Doyle 130
Austin, TX 78704

3/9/2013 From 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

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with Brian Yansky

 $49 for members (log in for member price)

$109 for nonmembers


Character is the heart of fiction. If you can create memorable characters that live and breathe, that have authentic voices, your story or novel will be well on its way to success.

This course will explore methods, through discussion, lecture, and exercises, to build character. But, wait, there’s more. Main characters can and should, in my humble opinion, drive narrative and give structure to character driven fiction. We’ll also work on approaches that use character to build plot. Bring something to write with and on.


Brian Yansky writes both Young Adult and adult fiction. He is the author of three YA novels: My Road Trip to the Pretty Girl Capital of the World, winner of the Texas Institute of Letters Best YA Novel, 2003, Wonders of the World, and Alien Invasion & Other Inconveniences. Candlewick Press will publish a sequel to that novel, Homicidal Aliens & Other Disappointments, in fall, 2013. Another YA novel, Utopia, Iowa, will be published in fall, 2014, also by Candlewick. His stories have appeared in Literal Latte, The Crescent Review and other magazines. He has and MFA in Writing from Vermont College and is an associate professor at Austin Community College where he teaches writing.

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