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Writing Workshop at Kerouac House

Michele Roldán-Shaw | Writing About People: the Fine Art of Word-Portraits 

Michele Roldán-Shaw
Michele Roldán-Shaw

The best writing about people shows not only outward appearance, but depth of character as well. By coming at the subject from many angles, a good word-portrait manages to pierce the surface and arrive at the essence of a person with insight and sensitivity.

In this workshop we will examine character sketches, whether a few lines about a stranger met in passing, or a long and loving tribute to someone close. Our emphasis will be primarily on portraying real people, but applicable to fiction as well. Expect to come away inspired and with a few new tricks!  Details & registration...


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