Character as Conflict: Building Plot from People
Facilitator: Jacinda Townsend
Dates: March 11 – April 5, 2019
Class Size: 10
How do we write characters that jump off the page? How do we allow those characters to do what they will and tell us what they want? How do we give those characters the freedom to create narrative premise? In this course, we will be examining the six ways in which characters announce themselves on the page in order to create unforgettable plot structure.
Jacinda Townsend is the author of Saint Monkey (Norton, 2014), which is set in 1950’s EasternKentucky and won the Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize and the James Fenimore Cooper Prize for historical fiction. Saint Monkey was also the 2015 Honor Book of the Black Caucus of the American Library Association and was longlisted for the Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize and shortlisted forthe Crook’s Corner Book Prize.
Jacinda took her first Creative Writing classes at Harvard, where she received her BA, and then cross-registered to take more classes through the English Department at Duke University, where she received her JD. After practicing law for four years, she went on to earn an MFA from the IowaWriters’ Workshop and then spent a year as a Fulbright fellow in Côte d’Ivoire. She recently finisheda novel called Kif. Jacinda is mom to two children, about whom she writes frequently.