Studies in Character


Studies in Character


Good characters stay with us. More than perhaps any other element of a writer’s craft, strong characters make for strong story. It’s a sort of magic when a reader is taken hold by a fictitious character whom he or she can never actually meet but nevertheless knows intimately. How do authors create that magic? In this session, we’ll explore some ways to breathe life into your characters through details, point of view, and knowledge of the latent or not so latent forces that motivate these imaginary beings.

  • Instructor: Elise Anderson

  • Date: Saturday, Sept. 7

  • Time: 10:00 — 1:00 pm

  • 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:

“Elise was wonderful. I imagine it's a daunting task to prepare a workshop for a group spanning so many ages, interests, experience levels, and motivations. She did a fantastic job making the material accessible to all and facilitating meaningful conversation.”

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About the Instructor: Anna Elise Anderson is a Florida-born artist, poet, teacher, musician, and freelance writer. She recently worked as the 2019 Steve Kemp Writer-in-Residence through the Great Smoky Mountains Association, promoting interest in the national park's history and biodiversity through writing and teaching workshops throughout Tennessee. She was the 2017 artist-in-residence at the Austin Cary Memorial Forest in Gainesville, where she received her MFA in poetry from the University of Florida. There she studied under Michael Hofmann, Amy Hempel, Padgett Powell, Ange Mlinko, William Logan, and Sidney Wade. Her writing focuses on emphasizing the likenesses between human bodies, human lives, and elements and processes of the non-human natural world.  In the past she's studied with Henri Cole, Therese Svoboda, Alan Michael Parker, and Cynthia Barnett, edited the arts and culture section of Charlotte Viewpoint Magazine, and worked with the Franklin Park Reading Series in Brooklyn. Her work has appeared in Quick Fiction, 491 Magazine, Treehouse Magazine, Revelader, The Oakland Review, The Cub Report, Libertas, Grasslimb Journal, Charlotte Viewpoint,, Hearty Magazine, and is forthcoming in Hobart. Find her writing and news on upcoming classes at Elise currently writes and performs music under the name WHEATS.  Find her art , music, and info about upcoming shows at