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Static vs. Dynamic Characters: Tips for Writing Each

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―Sharon Olds

In this newsletter:

  • A look at static and dynamic characters, with tips for using each in your own writing.
  • Good news from an instructor and two students.
  • Browse our updated course calendar through early January.
  • Join our Facebook group and share your craft with us, and find us on Instagram.

I hope you and yours are happy, healthy, and well.


New Writing Tips

Static Characters vs. Dynamic Characters: Definitions and Examples

How to write characters that undergo personal change—and characters that don't.

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Congratulations to...

Jack Smith, whose collection Contributions to Literature: A Tribute to Small Press Books was published through Serving House Books. Jack's collection reviews small press books that have made significant contributions to literature. Learn more about Jack's book here.

Tamara MC, whose article "I'm a Single Mom & I Retired at 48 by Downsizing to a Trailer" was published in Read Tamara's article here.

Stephanie Trenchard, whose poem "Blue Continuity" was published in The Dillydoun Review. Stephanie wrote this poem in Jonathan McClure's course "Crafting Your Collection." Read Stephanie's poem here.

Congratulations to Tamara, Stephanie, Jack, and Jonathan!

Our Upcoming Courses

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December Courses

Tales From The Memory Palace: 6 to 250 Word Memoirs (December 1)

with Giulietta Nardone | 4 Weeks | $235

If you want to be an in demand storyteller in the digital age, you need to get in, get out and get going. In this "short" four-week memoir writing adventure, you'll learn to scope out, swoop down and snatch up important memories from your life then speed write them into miniature masterpieces.

(Live Workshop) The Art Friend’s Dilemma: Advice on Writing from Real Life (December 2) NEW!

with Briana McGuckin | Single-Day Webinar | $89

Are you writing about people from real life? This one-day live workshop answers the question of how to be a good art friend.

Write Your World: Express Your Creativity through Article Writing, Blogging, and Essays (December 8)

with Rudri Patel | 6 Weeks | $330

Want to write your world, your way? Join us for this six week program on article writing, blogging, and essays.

(Live Workshop) Dream Writing (December 9) NEW!

with Zining Mok | Single-Day Webinar | $89

How can writers harness the power of dreams? Let your slumber supercharge your creativity in this three hour dream writing workshop.

Fundamentals of Travel Writing (December 22) NEW!

with Jennifer Billock | 8 Weeks | $395

Take to the skies in this online travel writing course. We'll discuss the market, different types of travel writing, and pitching your piece!

Writing for Children: Create A Picture Book! (December 29)

with Kelly Bingham | 6 Weeks | $330

Picture books have changed greatly over the last few decades, and the market is wide open for fresh ideas. Join us in this six-week intensive where we’ll take that idea of yours and turn it into a manuscript!

January Courses

Writing Mindfulness: Sensual World/Poetry Mind (January 5)

with Marc Olmsted | 4 Weeks | $250

A four-week class, melding the language mind with the sensual: How to turn detailed observation into a poem. With Marc Olmsted.

Starting to Write (January 5)

with Gloria Kempton | 8 Weeks | $395

For those who want to kick start their writing into high gear.

Write Your Novel! The Workshop With Jack (January 5)

with Jack Smith | 10 Weeks | $460

Get a good start on a novel in just ten weeks, or revise a novel you’ve already written. Free your imagination, move steadily ahead and count the pages!

The “I’ve Always Wanted To Write Fiction” Workshop (January 5)

with Shelley Singer | 5 Weeks | $275

Learn the basics of fiction writing and submit weekly writing for feedback from Shelley Singer, author of 13 novels. It's time to start.

From Writing Circles to Poems of Gratitude & Hope for the New Year (January 12) NEW!

with Susan Vespoli | 4 Weeks | $235

Want to move forward into the new year with gratefulness and clarity for 2022? Join us for 8 weeks of writing about gratitude and hope.

Writing with Tarot (January 12)

with Sandra Novack | 8 Weeks | $395

Jump-start your creative juices, and explore a world of divination, symbolism, and imagery right at your fingertips: learn short story and novel writing through Tarot.

Crafting the Poetry Novel for Young Adults (January 12)

with Kelly Bingham | 5 Weeks | $300

Even if you’ve never written poetry before, you can begin the rewarding process of crafting a poetry novel for Young Adults. Is there a market for novels written in verse? Are they well received? Yes, there is, and yes, they are!

Mastering the Elements of Fiction (January 12)

with Jack Smith | 10 Weeks | $460

In this course, you’ll work with the basic elements of fiction--the fundamentals that drive the story and determine the quality of the work.

Flash Fiction: Writing the Short-Short Story (January 12)

with Barbara Henning | 10 Weeks | $460

Write 1–3-page flash fiction in this online course with Barbara Henning, drawing on classic, poetic & experimental elements. Read the form’s masters.

Next-Level Creative Nonfiction: Elevating Essays, Memoir, Travel Writing & Literary Journalism (January 12)

with Wendy Call | 10 Weeks | $460

Elevate your memoir, travel writing, literary journalism, & lyric and personal essays.

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