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Class #1

The Art of Artifact: Crafting Compelling Characters 

Saturday, March 18, 2023

2 - 4 pm Central

via Zoom

taught by Oso Guardiola

Click here to register for this free event.

Writers of all skill levels welcome!

We want everyone to have access to literary arts education, but we also want to compensate our instructors for the important and innovative work they do. If you are able, we appreciate a suggested donation of  $15-25 for this class. 

About this class:

I once asked Bennett Sims why the characters in his writing are concerned with artifacts. There's always a book, a movie, or an object that plays a role in the plot. Bennett said: "I guess in my life I see that objects are important to me, so I assume that would be true for my characters." In this class, we will study how objects in our stories relate to plot and characters. We will begin with the theory of "objective correlative" outlined by T.S. Elliot, move on to some scene analysis, then engage in exercises. By the end of the class, we will be able to create immersive worlds of artifacts that influence our plot and characters.

This class is ideal for: 

  • fiction writers, who write both in short and long form, or who want to

  • writers with some creative writing experience who want to deepen their craft

  • begining writers who are curious about new strategies to make a fictional character feel real 

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About This Instructor:

Oso pursues his MFA in Creative Writing - Fiction at the Iowa Writers Workshop, where he is a teaching fellow and recipient of the Maytag scholarship. His work, fiction and nonfiction, has appeared in La Piccioletta Barca and Dappled Things. He was the 2021 Honorable Mention in Short Fiction from San Miguel de Allende Writing Contest and the 2022 Runner Up for the J.F. Powers Prize in Fiction. His writing is concerned with Hispanic/bilingual communities in South Texas and North Mexico, La Frontera.

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