Decisions and Actions Reveal Character

Join Eric Witchey in February to explore the relationship between character decisions, character psychology, and backstory.

Upcoming Date(s)

Tuesday, February 14
3-4:30 PM Pacific Time

Thursday, February 23
6-7:30 PM Pacific Time

Workshops will be following with a 30 minute Q&A with Eric.

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Members $15 | Nonmembers $25

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Are you the only one who loves and understands your characters? Are the nuances that you believe make your characters unique somehow not connecting with your readers? Are your characters connecting with the reader most of the time then suddenly behaving in ways that make you and your readers think, “What the…?”

All writers seek the holy grail of unique character, but getting the reader to believe a character is unique is often glossed over with terms like “special skill,” “unique wound,” and “clinching details.” To really create a character who haunts the mind of the reader, the character’s core psychology must be linked through manipulation of lines of text to each individual decision they make in a way that allows the reader to subconsciously recognize the consistency of the internal landscape of the character. A mouthful? Well, yes. However, this seminar will demonstrate three simple tools for achieving this effect. On the results of those tools, all other descriptions of character differentiation can be hung. If the core is there, the details become much easier.

This workshop will include less theory than you might imagine. It will certainly include demonstration through fun hands-on experimentation. Participants will leave with insights into their own characters along with executable tools for testing new and existing characters against current and potential text.

Based on his background in theoretical linguistics, his experience selling fiction in 12 genres, and knowledge gleaned from creativity science and cognitive science, Eric Witchey has put together a group of practical tools writers can use to enhance, develop, and improve their productivity and results.

This stand-alone workshop will offer participants 2 hrs of focused instruction, and give writers who are interested in the Fiction Fluency Seminar Series an opportunity to meet Eric and experience his teaching style. Eric will answer questions about the Fiction Fluency Seminar Series after the workshop.

About Eric Witchey

Eric Witchey has sold stories under several names and in 12 genres. His tales have been translated into multiple languages, and his credits include over 160 stories, including 5 novels and two collections. He has penned dozens of writing-related articles and essays, has taught over 200 conference seminars, at 2 universities, and at a community college. His work has received recognition from New Century Writers, Writers of the Future, Writer’s Digest, Independent Publisher Book Awards, International Book Awards, The Eric Hoffer Prose Award Program, Short Story America, the Irish Aeon Awards, and other organizations. His How-to articles have appeared in The Writer Magazine, Writer’s Digest Magazine, and other print and online magazines.

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Fiction Fluency students receive:

  • MFA-level craft instruction without the time/financial commitment of a degree.
  • Direct Access to an Expert Teacher.
  • A community cohort of fellow writers who are committed to their craft.
  • Guided time to write and produce new work.