Date: 27 May 2012 (1pm - 3pm)
Using a balance of lecture, exercise, and feedback on sample pages provided by the instructor, this workshop will focus on how to create dramatic characters that remain vivid in readers' imagination from the moment they "meet" them on the page.
This is a great introductory workshop for anyone who wants to understand what makes characters exceptional, unforgettable and the the driving force of short stories and novels. If you wish to learn about philosophical or symbolic characters then this workshop likely isn't for you. If you want to learn how to create three-dimensional characters that shatter stereotypes and are so real you (and your readers) feel as though you personally known them then this is definitely for you!
CHERIL N.’S CREDENTIALS
Award-winning playwright, novelist and producer, Cheril N. Clarke is the author of five works of fiction, including Intimate Chaos, Tainted Destiny, and Losing Control. She has penned three stage plays, including Intimate Chaos, which has been produced multiple times in various states and most recently translated to Spanish for a production in Puerto Rico. The Spanish production, Caos Intimo, was nominated for Best Play in the 6th annual festival del Tercer Amor. Another original play by Clarke, Asylum, was a featured production of the 2012 Downtown Urban Theatre Festival in New York City where it took home the Audience Award and was runner up for Best Play! In addition to novels and stage plays, she has written two erotic vignettes and one non-fiction ebook entitled Love and Marriage: The Gay and Lesbian Guide to Dating and Romance. Her latest work, The Beautiful People, is a short story series exclusively for ereaders.
Clarke has been featured in Curve Magazine, the nation's bestselling lesbian magazine, The Princeton Packet, Philadelphia Gay News (PGN), About.com, Out IN Jersey magazine, Burlington County Times, Phillyburbs.com as well as Crain's New York Business newspaper. Her opinion columns have been featured by the National Black Justice Coalition. Her editorial work has appeared in About Magazine, GayWired.com and on 247gay.com.
She resides in southern New Jersey with her wife, Monica Bey-Clarke, who is also her business partner for My Family!, a retail and publishing company geared toward LGBT-headed families.
Venue: Always by Design, 265 S. 10th Street, Philadelphia, PA