2014 Workshop Description

The Novel – Character Markers

Instructor: Catherine Ryan Hyde

In this workshop we shall look at your manuscripts with particular attention to character markers. How much does your reader need to know about what your character looks like, what he is wearing? I contend they need only those details that characterize. Not that he is tall, or his eyes are blue, but whether he is wearing a red bow tie or a black leather motorcycle jacket. This is what I call a character marker. It’s a telling detail that can be physically observed.

In addition to brainstorming descriptions for your characters, we’ll do an exercise to help people guess details about your character that only exist off the page. Workshop includes discussions of submitted work, short writing exercises, and inspiration to take your project forward.