ACFW - CHICAGO June Meeting - Creating a Character skill builder session

Creating Characters Working Session

At our May meeting Lori Davis covered brainstorming techniques for creating vivid, memorable characters. Our June meeting will give you an opportunity to implement these techniques. So come to the meeting with a character you’d like to get to know better. He or she can be a main character or any character who is giving you trouble.

No worries if you missed the May meeting. Lori's handouts will ready to download here soon, and she'll have extra copies and full directions at the meeting.

Midway through the evening we will work in pairs to write two sets of vignettes featuring each partner’s character. Each writer pens an original vignette from his or her character’s point of view, and then hands it over to his or her partner to cover the same plot points from the other character’s perspective. This exercise often adds personality to characters when they wander on back to their original stories.

To familiarize our partners with our characters, we’ll make carbons of the brainstorming sheets we fill out at the meeting. (Remember carbon paper? Lori has hunted some down for just this purpose.) If you work ahead at home, please bring a second copy of your notes to share with your partner.

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  • Julia

    Thank you, Lori, for another great night of solid character development!

    1 · June 14

  • Lorraine M. D.

    Thank you to everyone who attended tonight's meeting and worked on a character. The two-sided stories were fun to hear.

    1 · June 13

  • Tammie Edington S.

    Sorry to miss this. Enjoyed last month.

    June 12

  • Peg S.

    I'm so sorry, but don't think I can make it.

    June 5

  • Allie P.

    The files you may want to look at before the June meeting have been uploaded. You can view them by clicking on the "MORE" tab at the top of this page. Lori says start with "If Your Character is a Missing Person," as it's an overview of her presentation. THESE FILES ARE NOT HOMEWORK; they are for your convenience if you like to prepare--there is no requirement that you review them ahead of time and Lori will have copies at the presentation. Come make your characters all they can be!

    1 · June 4

  • Lorraine M. D.

    Just so you know, the vignettes we will write are just fun little sketches/mini stories. I once did one of these two-sided stories where my character, Brad, met the other character while they were in permahold outside Betsy Ross's house in Philadelphia (it was "momentarily" closed to new visitors because Dave Letterman was inside taking his own sweet time).

    June 3

  • Jane S.

    Sorry to miss it, but I'll be at the Special Olympics State Games with my daughter. CARBONS? Haven't seen those since the 70s.

    1 · June 2

  • Allie P.

    Also--passing this info along to anyone who may be interested:

    Storming the Short Story Contest 2014
    in partnership with Hope Springs Books

    Who can enter?
    Everyone! All writers: published or pre-published

    What do I win?
    Top 2 entries in each category will be published in an anthology by Hope Springs Books. Why should I enter?
    Proceeds from the anthology will be donated to the ACFW Scholarship Fund.

    When does it start?
    Start brainstorming your story now. We're accepting entries June 1-30.

    How many words?
    4,000-6,000 with "storms" as the theme (can be metaphorical or actual)

    Where can I get more info?­

    June 2

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