How to Write Flawed Characters


Thursday, May 16, 2024 from 12 to 1:30 p.m. (EST). Some of the most memorable characters in fiction are imperfect human beings. They are flawed and complicated. They may be good people who make bad decisions. Or bad people who have good qualities. We need these characters in our stories—to create conflict, to drive plots forward, and to illuminate the human condition. But how do we write them in ways that make them relatable, sympathetic, and interesting? In this class, with the help of examples from published fiction and generative exercises, we will discuss how to write flawed characters effectively.

Class Details

Cost: $89.00

Format: Virtual

Class Start: Thursday, May 16, 2024 from 12 to 1:30 p.m. (EST)

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About the Instructor

Oindrila Mukherjee Is the author of the novel The Dream Builders, published in 2023 by Tin House Books, and named one of the most anticipated debut novels of last year by Barnes & Noble and Goodreads, a January 2023 Indie Next pick, and one of the best books of January 2023 by Good Morning America. She has an MFA in creative writing from the University of Florida and a PhD in literature and creative writing from the University of Houston. Her shorter work has been published in several literary journals. She is a contributing editor for Aster(ix), a literary and arts magazine committed to social justice. She grew up in India and now lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where she teaches creative writing at Grand Valley State University.

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