It Takes Two: Plot and Character (with Elizabeth Stark)

Elizabeth Stark




TUESDAY, APRIL 9  |  Do you start with character or do you start with plot? This common question rests on a false dichotomy. In this generative writing class, we’ll explore how getting to know your characters fuels your plot and how plotting produces character. Through inspiring examples, discussion, and–most of all–writing and sharing in a supportive environment among engaged readers, we’ll find our way to the heart of stories at the intersection of plot and people.

Elizabeth Stark is the host of Story Makers Podcast ( and author of the novel Shy Girl (FSG, Seal Press), finalist for the Ferro-Grumely and Lambda Literary Awards. She’s co-directed and co-wrote several films, including FtF: Female to Femme, a creative documentary, and Little Mutinies, a short (both distributed by Frameline). She earned an M.F.A. from Columbia University in Creative Writing and has taught at the Pratt Institute, UCSC, St. Mary’s College (where she was the visiting distinguished writer), and elsewhere. She currently co-directs and teaches at and, is producing a feature film called Lost in the Middle, and finishing a novel, Optical Illusions.


Number of sessions: 1

Time: 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Date: Tuesday, April 9

Course fee: $85

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