Number of sessions: 1
Time: 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Date: Saturday, March 5
Course fee: $75
The best plots aren’t controlled by the author. They spring from the characters themselves. The writer masterminds all things, yes, but the more we as writers realize that our characters are sovereign beings with independent consciousnesses, the better prepared we are to traverse what Joshua Mohr calls plaracterization.
Plot + characterization = PLARACTERIZATION.
In this one-day intensive, we’ll ponder characters’ decision-making, the causality between plot points, and how to keep a reader excitedly flipping pages. We’ll also delve into specific tactics for constructing a present action, and how to fold backstory into it. During the session, there will also be writing exercises and the opportunity to share your work with others. Plaracterization is an exciting strategy that will help any aspiring writer, by getting you to dig deep down into your characters, your plot, and the very DNA of your story!
Joshua Mohr is the author of four novels including Damascus, which the New York Times called “Beat-poet cool.” He’s also written Fight Song and Some Things that Meant the World to Me, one of O: the Oprah Magazine’s Top 10 Reads of 2009 and a San Francisco Chronicle bestseller, as well as Termite Parade, a New York Times Editors’ Choice. His novel All This Life was recently published from Counterpoint/Soft Skull.