In this four-week workshop, Joshua Mohr will teach you how to get out of the way of your characters, and let them take the story where it's supposed to go.
Your Instructor: Joshua Mohr, author of DAMASCUS, FIGHT SONG
Where: Online — Available everywhere!
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Enrollment: 16 students
The best plots aren’t controlled by the author.
They spring from the characters themselves.
Got it? Good.
So, the writer masterminds all things, yes. But the more your realize that your characters are sovereign beings with independent consciousnesses, the better prepared you are to traverse what Joshua Mohr calls plaracterization.
Get it? Plot + characterization = PLARACTERIZATION.
In this four-week workshop led by the author of acclaimed novels like Damascus and Fight Song, you'll ponder characters’ decision-making, the causality between plot points, and how to keep a reader excitedly flipping pages. You'll delve into specific tactics for constructing a present action, and how to fold backstory into it.
Plaracterization is a strategy that will help any aspiring writer, by getting you to dig deep down into your characters, your plot, and the very DNA of your story!
This class includes:
Four in-depth written lectures from Joshua
Four writing assignments, to be critiqued by Joshua and your fellow classmates
Ongoing opportunities for discussions and questions
Weekly video recaps from Josh!
Want to learn more about Joshua's thoughts on plot? Check out this conversation he had on the subject with Anisse Gross, the film editor at The Rumpus.
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What This Class Covers
During the opening week, you'll discuss how to construct plots that are a meaningful series of events. The trick will be contemplating how to let the characters themselves tell you what's meaningful to them, rather than using any authorial superimpositions.
You'll turn your attention to conflict and tension. The best stories contain both internal and external conflicts; this week, you'll figure out tactics for how to dramatize your protagonist's internal wants and desires.
Developing a cogent psychology—a psychology for a character that's independent from the author's—might be the hardest thing you do as storytellers. You'll discuss a variety of tactics aimed at giving your characters free will.
During the last week, you'll put all these pieces together and discuss how to map your images, picking external plot points that illuminate new information about your character's inner-lives. When you nurture the symbiosis between these two domains, that's when plaracterization works at its highest octane.
Goals Of This Class
- Construct plots that are a meaningful series of events
- Learn to let the story spring from the characters
- Develop a cogent psychology for your characters
- Figure out the wants and desires of your characters
- Marry plot and character in a meaningful, profound way
- Polish your writing and get it critiqued by an acclaimed author
- Learn from a guy who has been through the gauntlet of the publishing industry
LitReactor offers a unique approach to a writing education: You study what you want, when you want, at your own pace. We bring in veteran authors and industry professionals to host classes covering a wide range of topics in an online environment that’s interactive and flexible. You get detailed feedback on your work and take part in discussions in a judgement-free zone. It doesn’t matter if you’re a beginner or an experienced writer, our workshops are about working together to achieve your writing goals.
Where do classes take place?
Entirely online. So, anywhere you have Internet access.
Are there certain times when the whole class needs to "meet" online?
Nope. Our students come from all over the globe. Everything is posted online and accessible 24/7. (We do occasionally schedule phone chats, but try to reach a consensus on timing.)
What does a typical class consist of?
It varies, but nearly all our classes include weekly lectures, homework assignments, peer reviews, critiques from instructors, and discussion forums.
How much experience do you need to take a class?
Beginner or pro, everyone is welcome. We encourage all skill levels.
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