Writing Flawed Characters with Gabriela Garcia and Christine Vines

Aug 19, 2023 1:00PM—4:00PM


Write On, Door County 4210 Juddville Rd. Fish Creek, WI 54212

Cost $75.00



In this class, we will explore the fundamentals of characterization in fiction for all levels of experience — how to create believable, multi-dimensional characters in whom a reader is invested by examining unsavory and even irredeemable characters in various short stories. What is it that keeps us invested in — and sometimes even uncomfortably rotting for — characters who behave in ways we find morally reprehensible? When do we, as readers, feel implicated and when do we feel judgmental? And what can this teach us about successful characterization as a whole? Through reading, discussion, and generative writing exercises, we will explore these questions with an eye toward creating complex, flawed characters in our own fiction.

Class meets in person.

Class size: Limited to 15. Minimum 5.

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Teaching Artists: 

Gabriela Garcia is the New York Times best-selling author of Of Women and Salt, winner of an International Latino Book Award and a New York Times Editors’ Choice. She is the winner of a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writer’s Award and a Steinbeck Fellowship from San Jose State University. Her writing has appeared in Best American Poetry, the New York TimesZyzzyvaIowa Review, and many other places, and has been translated into 12 languages.

Christine Vines is a fiction writer from Wichita, Kansas. Her work has appeared in One StoryBOMBWitnessJoylandElectric Literature, and the Chicago Tribune, where it was a runner-up for the 208 Nelson Algren Literary Award. Her writing has received support from Vassar College’s W.K. Rose Fellowship; the Steinbeck Center; the Carson McCullers Center; the Hambidge Center; the Key West Literary Seminar; Write On, Door County; the Joshua Tree Highlands Artist Residency, and elsewhere. For four years, she rand the Fiction Addiction reading series in New York City and then received her MFA from Cornell University. She has taught English and creative writing at Cornell, San José State University, the Telluride Association, and Vassar College.