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How to Write Characters Who Live and Breathe with Nana Ekua Brew-Hammond (via Zoom)

September 11, 2021 @ 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm

“Don’t write about a character. Become that character, and then write your story.” –Ethan Canin
What does it take to create characters so real you can almost feel their presence as you read?
In this 4-hour workshop, through group examination of the characters in Oyinkan Braithwaite’s
My Sister, the Serial Killer (excerpts will be provided), we will:
  • Review the character types and archetypes who populate most narratives
  • Discuss characters who don’t breathe i.e. the entities in a story that are not living, but take on a life of their own
  • Learn how to create and develop characters of our own through a series of written exercises
  • Share our writing for on the spot feedback

This class will be taught via Zoom. Class is capped at 15 students. The Zoom link will be emailed immediately at the time of registration and again in the day before the class. Please check spam / promotions folder and email [email protected] with questions.

Nana Ekua Brew-Hammond is the author of Powder Necklace, which Publishers Weekly called “a winning debut.” Named to the “Africa39” list of writers “with the potential and talent to define trends in the development of literature from Sub-Saharan Africa and the diaspora,” her short fiction was included in the anthology Africa39. Her work also appears in Everyday People: The Color of Life, New Daughters of Africa, and Accra Noir among others. Forthcoming from Brew-Hammond are a children’s picture book, a novel, and an anthology. Brew-Hammond was a 2019 Edward F. Albee Foundation Fellow, a 2018 Aké Arts and Book Festival Guest Author, a 2017 Aspen Ideas Festival Scholar, a 2016 Hedgebrook Writer-in-Residence, and a 2015 Rhode Island Writers Colony Writer-in-Residence. Every month, Brew-Hammond co-leads a writing fellowship whose mission is to write light into the darkness.

Scholarships are available for this course. For more information on how to apply (fall applications are due August 15, 2021) visit our Scholarships page. 


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September 11, 2021
12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
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Hudson Valley Writers Center
Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States