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Believable Characters in Unbelievable Situations

Date:
Friday, August 3
Time:
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Garden A

Science Fiction and literary fiction features ludicrous and unreal situations—everyone from George Saunders to George R.R. Martin has some wild storylines where ordinary reality goes out the window. How do you keep your characters feeling like people the reader could meet on the subway, while putting them in surreal worlds? We will discuss some ideas about how to write characters with believable inner lives and worlds, even when everything around them is coming unglued.



Instructor

Charlie Jane Anders

Science Fiction and literary fiction features ludicrous and unreal situations—everyone from George Saunders to George R.R. Martin has some wild storylines where ordinary reality goes out the window. How do you keep your characters feeling like people the reader could meet on the subway, while putting them in surreal worlds? We will discuss some ideas about how to write characters with believable inner lives and worlds, even when everything around them is coming unglued.