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"Minor Characters, Major Insights: Creating a More Compelling Narrative with Secondary Characters" ONLINE with Charlotte Gullick

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Online Class

10/16/2018 From 06:30 PM CST to 9:30 PM


$49 for members (sign in for member pricing)

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Does your novel feel as if it's running on empty?

Remembering that each character is at the center of his/her own story, this class will dive into the power and potential of minor characters and their influence on plot. Students will examine how an understanding of the conflicting desires, fates, and vulnerabilities of secondary characters can ratchet up and refine the overall story tension, whether for the novel, the memoir, or short fiction.



  • You want strategies for expanding the world and cast of your novel.
  • You're worried that your novel doesn't have enough material to reach its ending.
  • Some of your characters feel flat and less well developed.



  • "The information was outstanding. Well presented."
  • "I hadn't been focusing on my minor characters like I should have been. Minor characters do, indeed, render major insights!"
  • "It made my antagonist human."



Charlotte Gullick is a novelist, essayist, editor, educator and Chair of the Creative Writing Department at Austin Community College. A first-generation college graduate, she received her AA with High Honors from Santa Rosa Junior College, a BA with Honors in Literature/Creative Writing from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and a MA in English/Creative Writing from the University of California, Davis. She completed a MFA in Creative Nonfiction at the Institute of American Indian Arts in May 2016. Her nonfiction has appeared in Brevity, Pembroke, The Rumpus, The Millions among others, and recently she was named a finalist for Montana Prize in Creative Nonfiction.

Charlotte's first novel, By Way of Water, was chosen by Jayne Anne Phillips as the Grand Prize winner of the Santa Fe Writers Project Literary Awards Program, and a special author's edition was reissued by the Santa Fe Writers Project in November of 2013. Charlotte’s other awards include a Christopher Isherwood Fellowship for Fiction, a Colorado Council on the Arts Fellowship for Poetry, a MacDowell Colony Residency, A Ragdale Residency, Faculty of Year from College of the Redwoods as well as the Evergreen State College 2012 Teacher Excellence Award.





$49 members (sign in for member pricing)

$109 nonmembers


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Online registration will close at 5 p.m. CST on Tuesday, October 16. If your browser has difficulty with our website store, or if you prefer to mail in a check, click here for a class registration form. The document provides instructions on where to mail it.

Once a purchase has been made, tickets are not refundable and registration cannot be transferred to a different class or event. No exceptions will be made. If you purchase a ticket and then find you cannot attend, someone else can attend in your stead. Simply contact us at or 512-499-8914 and let us know so that we can update the class roster.



Our classes offer a combination of lecture and practical exercises, determined by the individual instructor, on focused aspects of the craft and business of writing. Your fellow participants will come from a range of writing experience, from beginners to people with MFA degrees and published books. WLT instructors, participants, and administrators all work together to create a welcoming, supportive environment.

If you haven't taken a class with us in recent years, feel free to give us a call at 512-499-8914 if you'd like to discuss whether our programming is the right fit for your needs.


This project is supported in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department. Visit Austin at


Writers' League of Texas classes and workshops are also funded in part by the Texas Commission on the Arts - Investing in a Creative Texas. For more information, go to

This project is also supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. To find out more about how National Endowment for the Arts grants impact individuals and communities, visit