Lori Lake: Creating Dynamic Story People
Sat Apr 6 2013 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
TaborSpace, 5441 SE Belmont St., Portland, OR
A Workshop by Lori L. Lake for Oregon Writers Colony
Characters are at the heart of all compelling fiction. The novels and stories we love the best usually have at their center at least one character who touches us in unexpected ways. Whether you’re writing commercial fiction, short stories, or the Great American Novel, the techniques of character development and characterization are critical to your success. But how do we bring these imaginary creations to life on the page?
The best characters are expressed and revealed through observation, voice, dialogue, backstory, internal insight, and the decisions, actions, and reactions of the character and of those around him or her. That’s a lot to address! But there are a number of approaches you can use to help you deepen and expand your leads, antagonists, and secondary characters. We’ll get at that through a series of writing exercises and discussion. Whether you’re a seasoned writer or aspiring to be published, this workshop will help you take your writing up to a new level. Bring along the story people you are currently working on—or come prepared to envision new ones, flesh them out, and make them irresistible.
Lori L. Lake is the author of two short story collections and ten novels, including four books in The Gun Series and two in the recently launched Public Eye Mystery Series. Her crime fiction stories have been featured in anthologies such as “Silence of the Loons,” “Once Upon A Crime,” “Women of the Mean Streets,” and “Writes of Spring.” Lori taught fiction writing at The Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis for seven years, and she has presented workshops and classes at numerous conferences and writers’ gatherings. She lived in Minnesota for 26 years, but re-located to her birth city, Portland, in 2009. When she’s not writing or teaching, she’s at the local movie house or curled up in a chair reading.
This workshop will run from 10am-5pm with a Brown Bag Lunch break.
The cost for this workshop is $95 for members and $135 for non-members. (Non-member prices include a one-year OWC membership.)
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