Course Overview

When writers get ideas about issues, characters or events, the logical thing to do is write about them. But creating realistic characters—those that come to life and ones readers can visualize—is much harder to write. I’ve written fictional characters as well as historical figures and know how tough it can be to “get it right,” and make those characters come alive. I’ll share my expertise, provide examples and give pointers to make the people in books become people readers recognize. We'll do a short exercise with the class to create an unforgettable character. Along with good characters has to be good dialogue. The way they speak is individual and yet, needs to be universal for readers. That’s a tricky line to walk, but quite do-able if the writer knows how. There are hundreds of ways to write dialogue, only a few of those are right. Again, I’ll provide examples, drawing from years of award-winning writing, and hopefully have the class do a bit of critiquing along the way. Peer critiquing works wonders!

What You'll Learn

  • Learn the basics to create unforgettable characters
  • Explore writing dialogue that makes your characters come alive
  • Engage in meaningful peer-critique of some of your work

Who Should Attend

Are you interested in taking your fiction or non-fiction creative writing to the next level? Interested in polishing your current work and engaging with respectful peer critique? This is the class for you!

Additional Information

Please be advised that we'll be engaging in respectful critique of shared work. The ability to share and receive critique is required in this class.
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5:30PM to 7:30PM
Aug 06, 2024 to Aug 20, 2024
Contact Hours
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Course Fee(s)
fee non-credit $119.00
Drop Request Deadline
Aug 03, 2024
Transfer Request Deadline
Aug 03, 2024

UNM Tuition Remission

UNM Staff, Faculty, and Retirees: This course is Tuition Remission eligible under Professional Development. For more information, visit the UNM Tuition Remission information page.

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