Character is Fate: Building Characters in the Short Story
With Aimee LaBrie
Length of workshop: 6 weeks
When: Starting August 14, 2019
To know how a story will play out, the writer first has to understand what a character wants/needs/fears/loves. This workshop will focus on how to create compelling and believable characters who have desires and flaws that set the story in motion and keep it moving toward its inevitable end. In this workshop, you will either work on an existing short story manuscript or generate one from scratch and receive feedback for revision. Workshop participants will also read and discuss several contemporary short stories, uncovering how characterization works for each.
Aimee LaBrie’s short story collection, Wonderful Girl, was chosen as the Katherine Anne Porter Prize in Fiction and published by the University of North Texas Press. Her stories have appeared in Pleiades, Beloit Fiction Journal, Iron Horse Literary Review, The Minnesota Review, Permafrost, and other literary journals. In 2012, she won first place in Zoetrope’s All-Story Fiction contest. Aimee lives in Princeton, NJ and works as a lecturer and senior program administrator for creative writing at Rutgers University.