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This program is a part of the Great River Writes series. 

They say your characters won't feel real until they start talking back to you, but how does that happen? In this workshop, we'll discuss ways to find inspiration for characters, ways to animate them with life, and opportunities in fiction to make them distinct, surprising and complex. We'll explore how setting influences characters, think about ways to describe them, and explore how dialogue and interaction with others can help readers see and hear them. We'll talk about how characters change and grow, and even take over your story, telling you what's going to happen next!

This event will include a workshop, Q&A, and book signing. This event is free to attend and sponsored by the Mississippi Valley Writers Guild and La Crosse Public Library.

Christina Clancy is the author of Shoulder Season (July 2021) and The Second Home (June, 2020). Her books have been noted as "must reads" on Buzzfeed, EW, Good Morning America, PopSugar and elsewhere. The Second Home has been optioned for a limited television series starring Nicolaj Coster-Waldau from Game of Thrones. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, the Sun Magazine and in literary journals including Glimmer Train Stories, Hobart, Pleiades and elsewhere. She has a PhD in Creative Writing from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and she lives in Madison with her family.


Registration is required. Seating is limited.

COVID-19 in-person recommendations from local health departments will be observed.

**Upon arrival please enter through our 9th St. entrance