Fiction 2: Complicated Characters

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Fiction 2: Complicated Characters

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Each of us knows what it’s like to be a three-dimensional human being, with our own hopes and desires, idiosyncrasies, internal contradictions, and complex histories of family, identity, and formative experiences. How can we imbue our characters on the page with the nuance and complexity of fully dimensional people? How can we avoid characterization that falls flat, that feels reducible to stereotype or one defining trait? In this workshop, we will discuss the crafting of complex characters, generate new material in response to tailored prompts, and have the opportunity to share writing for feedback from the class and instructor.


  • Instructor: Anna Silverstein

  • Length of workshop: 3 Hours

  • Date: Saturday, Nov. 10

  • Time: 2 - 5 pm

  • Location: Humanities Tennessee Offices
    807 Main St., Ste. B
    Nashville, TN 37206

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About the Instructor:

Anna Silverstein was born in Boston and moved to Nashville four years ago. She has an MFA from Vanderbilt University, and was the 2015-16 Creative Writing Fellow at the Curb Center. Previous classes with the Porch include Writing as Resistance, Healing through Writing and creative writing workshops for immigrants and refugees. She is also a teaching artist for Southern Word and works on two Nashville organic farms. Her fiction appears or is forthcoming in Salt Hill, Afro-Hispanic Review, New Delta Review, Gravel, and Overtime.