Saturday, February 23
How does one go about writing truthful characters? People are complex. No one is absolutely good, and it's difficult to believe anyone is absolutely bad. Humans have many faces, all of them eventually vulnerable to exposure. Most of us are also governed (sometimes subconsciously) by self interest. How do we go about negotiating these complexities on the page? Character development is one of the most rewarding things about the writing process. This workshop identifies character archetypes, analyses various forms and nurtures tools for character development.
Wayétu Moore is the founder of One Moore Book, a non-profit publisher of culturally relevant children's books. Her writing can be found in The Paris Review, Frieze Magazine, Guernica, The Atlantic Magazine and other publications. She’s a graduate of Howard University and the University of Southern California, and is currently a Margaret Mead Fellow at Columbia University Teachers College, where she’s researching the impact of culturally relevant curriculum and learning aids in elementary classrooms of underrepresented groups. Moore is an Africana Studies lecturer at City University of New York’s John Jay College, and founding faculty member of the Randolph College MFA program. She lives in Brooklyn, NY.