Create Believable Characters: A Novelist and a Former Actress Show You How

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Novelists Caroline Leavitt and Gina Sorell (also a former actress) offer a fresh perspective on making your characters come alive.

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From character comes plot — never the other way around.

In this webinar about writing characters, we're providing two distinct perspectives: novelist Caroline Leavitt will first show you:

  • why a character needs to have a conflict in order to drive your plot;
  • how to give your character moral stakes; and
  • tricks and exercises to build your characters.

In the second half, acclaimed novelist Gina Sorell (also a former actress of film, TV, and stage) will take the spotlight. She'll reveal techniques used by actors to breathe life into characters for screen and stage — and how you can use them to understand:

  • how your characters relate to the world and to others
  • what they might do next
  • why every character can be fully realized people, instead of clichés.

Both writers present exciting new ways to not just look at who your character is, but who they could become, and what they could do.

Wednesday 12 August 2020 • 12 pm LA • 3 pm New York • 8 pm London

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Caroline Leavitt is the New York Times Bestselling and critically acclaimed author of Is This Tomorrow, Pictures of You, Cruel Beautiful World, and nine other novels. Her newest novel With Or Without You will be published by Algonquin Books on August 4, 2020. Her work has been on Best of the Year lists and has appeared in the New York Times' "Modern Love," Real Simple, New York Magazine, Salon, The Millions, and more. She teaches story structure at UCLA Writers Program Extension and Stanford University and reviews books for the Boston Globe, People Magazine, and the San Francisco Chronicle.

Gina Sorell is the author of the highly acclaimed Mothers and Other Strangers, a National Reading Group Monthly, Great Group Reads, Refinery 29, Self Magazine, and Chapters Indigo Best for Bookclubs pick. Nominated for the UCLA Writing Program’s James Kirkwood Prize for literary fiction, Gina has been praised as an “Author to Watch” by The Globe and Mail. Her work has appeared in Good Housekeeping, Lithub, Refinery 29, and more. When not writing and working with authors on their manuscripts, Gina runs the successful branding and communications firm, Words Make The Brand.

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