|About the Workshop
||Instructor: Ally Broadfield
Active Class Dates: 06/02/20 – 06/28/20 (four weeks)
Cost: $25 RWASD Members, $30 Non-RWASD Members
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Image descriptions provided for any visually impaired students?: Yes.
Characters are the key to writing a compelling story, so it is imperative that you focus on how you develop your characters. We’ll study what psychologists have identified as the Big Five Model of Personality to help create relatable characters, consider some common romance tropes and which character flaws fuel them, talk about how to give your characters a sense of humor, discuss the importance of backstory as it relates to your character’s flaws, and how these flaws are used to complete your character’s arc for a satisfying ending to your story. We’ll discuss examples from television, movies, and books to reinforce the lessons.
All of the exercises helped me better understand the characters in my own story, and as a result, I believe their motivations will be clearer, and they will be more relatable to the reader. ~Barbara Hoyt
Ally Broadfield lives in Texas and is convinced her house is shrinking, possibly because she shares it with three kids, four dogs, two cats, and assorted reptiles. Oh, and her husband. She likes to curse in Russian because very few people know what she’s saying, and spends most of what would be her spare time letting dogs in and out of the house and shuttling kids around. She has many stories in her head waiting for the opportunity to escape onto paper.
When she’s not writing, you can find her reading or binge watching Netflix or Hulu. She loves to cook but hates to clean up afterwards, and strongly believes that Disney World is truly magical. She is also young adult author Ally Mathews. You can find both of her personas on her websites, Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter, though she makes no claims of using any of them properly.