Breaking Bad: Why Characters Need to Behave Badly for Good Writing


Breaking Bad: Why Characters Need to Behave Badly for Good Writing


No, your characters don’t have to be murderers or bank robbers (although they can be) to make your writing interesting. But they do need to be human (unless, of course, they’re zombies), and that means they need to have flaws. In this class, we’ll take a look at some subtle and not-so-subtle character flaws/behaviors and how they enhance character development, aid plot, and make our writing relatable. We’ll also delve into how these flaws/behaviors are not a reflection of the author—except on their good writing.


  • Instructor: Jen Chesak

  • Length of workshop: 3 hours

  • Date: Saturday, October 26

  • Time: 2 - 5 p.m.

  • Location: Porch HQ
    2811 Dogwood Pl.
    Nashville, TN 37204

  • Cost: $58/Non-Member; $52.20/Member **Don’t forget to use your membership code at checkout!

  What Our Students Say:

“Jen is excellent. I feel like I am receiving advanced level, quality instruction.”

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About the Instructor:


Jennifer Chesak, an East Nashville-based writer and editor, operates an independent publishing and editing company, Wandering in the Words Press. Jennifer earned her Master of Science in Journalism from Northwestern's Medill School of Journalism and has had a storied career as a freelance adventure, travel, and fitness writer for publications like Runner's World, Women's Running and Field & Stream online to name a few. She serves as a mentor for Middle Tennessee State University's certificate in writing program, MTSU Write, and is currently working on a fiction novel set in her native state of North Dakota. Jennifer mulls over plot lines and character traits while training for her next marathon or working in her garden. Find her writing and editing tips at