Whether we write fiction or creative nonfiction, we want our characters to stand out (and if you’re writing a memoir, yes, the people in your lives are characters). In this session we’ll learn and apply several techniques to help make the characters in our storytelling authentic, be they fierce and messy or curious and quiet. We’ll read short excerpts from fiction and memoir—and we’ll study those techniques to generate our own writing. We’ll look at ways that dialogue, sensory descriptions and pacing can keep our characters captivating. By workshop’s end, you’ll have drafted scenes to get you started, as well as receive tips on how to keep writing — and revising.