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Conflict & Desire: Bringing Fictional Characters to Life


Adult Enrichment / Writing & Literature -
Fall 2022

In good propulsive fiction, characters drive the plot, not the other way around. If your character doesn’t start out wanting something—isn’t filled with desire that in turn creates conflict—then the plot of your novel or short story may feel flat and meandering. Join author Sandra A. Miller to learn what it takes to create complex characters that come alive on the page and, in turn, make your plot rich and vibrant. We will also talk about other elements of craft; discuss how plot and character work together in successful short stories and novels; and do plenty of generative writing meant to move your fiction forward no matter which stage of the writing process you are in. Fiction writers of all levels are welcome.

Photo credit: Sharona Jacobs

Sandra A. Miller

Sandra A. Miller’s award-winning essays and short stories have appeared in over one hundred publications. She holds an MFA in fiction writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts, and currently teaches writing at UMass Lowell. She takes pride in helping her students get published. She is the author of the multi-award winning memoir Trove: A Woman's Search for Truth and Buried Treasure.

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WL-Conflict & Desire

  Sandra A. Miller


Arlington High School
Wednesday, Oct 12
6:00 - 9:00 PM

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Price: $ 49 00