Hone your character writing skills with Linda Clare with a FREE workshop series at the Springfield Public Library. Workshops run May through August.

All workshops run from 5:30-7:30 PM at the Springfield Public Library located at 225 5th Street. All workshops are free and open to the public. You can attend the entire series or single workshops.
May Workshop – Your Character’s World
Get to know your fictional character and the world they live in. Whether you love to write contemporary, historical, fantasy or sci-fi, your character is the centerpiece of any story. Linda shows you tips for researching, assembling a unique character from a blend of real-life persons, and how to describe and introduce a Main Character. All skill levels welcome.  Workshop is on Monday, May 21, 2018.
June Workshop – Your Character’s Inner World
A writer must know the Main Character’s inner motivations, attitudes, and desires. We’ll write letters from your character to you to help guide you into your character’s inner world, where personality traits, shortcomings, and quirks help create a memorable fictional character. Learn your character’s most burning passions, back story, and most importantly, what your character wants—more than anything. All skill levels welcome. Workshop is on Monday, June 11, 2018.
July Workshop – Your Character’s Point of View
Point of View (POV) in fiction can be tricky. This workshop helps you learn how to be consistent in POV, how to switch POV, and how to decide which of your characters will tell your story. We’ll use role playing and exercises to learn the meaning of terms such as Third Person Limited, Omniscient, and Deep POV, and to discover the best ways to use different Points of View. All skill levels welcome. Workshop is on Monday, July 23, 2018.
August Workshop – Your Character Alive
Whenever your character acts, speaks, thinks, or feels, readers gain valuable info into the character’s motives, wants, and needs. We’ll concentrate on scene writing to take the character you’ve built and send them out into the fictional world. There, they can interact with others, speak, act, think, and feel—just like a real person, one whom readers won’t soon forget! Workshop is on Monday, August 20, 2018.

About the Instructor:
Linda S. Clare has always been a daydreamer, artist and storyteller. She received her first paid byline for a poem published in the Denver Post newspaper when she was a high school student. She’s been writing professionally since 1993 and has taught fiction, memoir and essay writing for Lane Community College for more than a dozen years. In addition to her published books, award-winning short stories, articles and essays, she works as an expert writing advisor for George Fox University and is a frequent presenter at writer’s conferences.
Her alter ego, Miss Crankypants, has loads of fun and laughs, mostly at Cranky Cat’s expense, in weekly blog rants that are chock-full of fat cats and CRANKYTUDE! In addition to doting on grandbabies, collecting too many cats, gardening and walking on the beach, she loves to write and to help writers develop their skills. She lives in Oregon with her family and all those wayward cats.


These free workshops are brought to you by Springfield Public Library and Wordcrafters in Eugene with support from the Springfield Library Foundation