This seminar will address the making of human characters in fiction. Characters–believable, authentic, sympathetic–are the lifeblood of story. Who wants to read or keep reading a novel if we don’t care about the fellow human beings inhabiting its setting and guiding its plot? We’ll look at several examples of great characters, learn about the relationship between character and story structure, and try out some character-building exercises of our own. You should bring a character along with you to class taken from your current work: someone you’ve thought about, written about, sketched, etc. We will be doing several exercises in class that will require you to work on character development, so the more you’ve thought in advance about your character the better. All levels welcome.