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Dr. Frankenstein’s Character Laboratory

Friday, August 4, 2017
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
St. Helen’s B

Do your characters lack life? Do they reek of potential, and yet lie on the table, offering an occasional eyelid flutter or the odd toe twitch? Or perhaps you have a character who gets up and sings “Putting on the Ritz” over and over without variation. Might as well be dead. Or maybe your characters seem to do all the things that real people do, but somehow lack that elusive dimension of depth. This workshop is designed to help you channel the lightening of psychological motivation so that your characters will rise on their own two legs and walk into the world, not merely advancing the plot but engaging the reader with their humanity.


Craig English

Craig English’s last novel (release date 2018), Black Swan, is a tale of wall street greed, dragons, and a mild-mannered Shakespeare professor, Harold Swan. The Anvil of Navarre (available in ebook), is a swashbuckling tale of love, revenge and sexual identity. Craig’s nonfiction includes Anxious to Please: 7 Revolutionary Practices for the Chronically Nice (paper, ebook, audio). His article, “Set Your Writing Free,” appeared on the cover of The Writer Magazine. Craig’s latest project, Kit, is a caper novel, in which a young cat-burglar/hacker plots her revenge against the king of cyber trolls.

Craig is a sought after teacher and keynote speaker at conferences. He brings 25 years of experience to his dynamic workshops at such venues as the University of Washington, the Northwest Institute of Literary Arts, The Esalen Institute (California), Hollyhock Retreat Centre (British Columbia, Canada), Breitenbush Retreat Center (Oregon), Santa Barbara Writers Conference, and Willamette Writers Conference.

Mr. English has been featured on radio shows across the United States. Television appearances include KING 5 Morning News with Joyce Taylor (NBC Seattle), Books in Review with Shari Barnes (Fort Worth, TX), and Geraldo at Large with Arthel Neville (Fox Network).

For twenty-five years Mr. English worked as a professional actor on Seattle area and regional stages. He has done more than 50 television and radio commercials, and CD ROM game voice-overs. He has acted in more than 20 productions of Shakespeare and was a certified fight choreographer.