(This event is shared with Thurber House agreement to giveaway one ticket to a Write Now Columbus member to one of their spring workshops! If you’re interested in entering please subscribe to the Write Now Columbus Newsletter before Feb. 3rd)
One of the hardest parts of personal writing and memoir is thinking of the real people in your life as characters. But in the same way that novelists have to put in the work to create vivid characters for their stories, memoirists need to think about the backstories, quirks, faults, and flaws of the people they’re writing about. Together, we’ll explore fun ways to approach character development for the various people in your memoir, including astrology, enneagram, and Myers-Briggs personality types. Then we’ll delve deeper into character development, establishing motivations, goals, and voice to create well-rounded characters for your personal stories.
Shelley Mann Hite is a Columbus, Ohio-based writer and editor. Her work has been published in The Rumpus, HuffPost, Motherwell, Stonecrop Review, and more, and she is working on a memoir manuscript. She is a prose editor for Typehouse Literary Magazine, and co-founder of the Columbus Women’s Writing Group. She got her start in journalism, and previously was an editor at Columbus Crave and Columbus Alive.
Hybrid: You can either attend these workshops in-person at Thurber
Center (91 Jefferson Ave., Columbus, OH 43215) or virtually on Zoom.