Live, essential lessons from a lifetime of learning.

Join New York Times bestselling author Laurie R. King in this live, two-hour online class.

Laurie R. King

Five Things I've Learned about

How Characters Come to Life

Live: Saturday, January 30, 4:00pm eastern/1:00pm pacific

Presented in partnership with Book Passage

Discover the five things I’ve learned about creating memorable characters who come to life for my readers.


Fiction is characters.

Oh, sure, we love an exotic setting and research that puts us THERE and a plot so clever we never saw the twists coming—but without the characters who walk through that scrupulously researched setting and perform that series of intricately choreographed acts, those other elements are an empty stage, waiting for actors to emerge from the wings.

I’ve been a published writer for nearly thirty years. More than 12,000 pages of hardback fiction have come out under my name, hitting the New York Times list, winning a lot of prizes, finding their way into a number of languages and bringing together a community of fans. Every one of those stories, from 650-word flash-fiction tale to 115,000-word novel, succeeds or fails because of the characters who inhabit its pages.

So how do we, as writers, create these people? How do we use the 26 letters of the English language to summon up living, breathing beings—characters so memorable that readers cry with their sorrows and celebrate their victories, find courage and inspiration from them and change their lives because of the words on the page? How do we shape characters that, when a book is over, the reader continues to feel them, wondering about their lives, speculating and daydreaming as if they were real?

Creation is magic—but it is also craft, a long series of deliberate choices and experiments which are the focus of this workshop.

In this two-hour class, we will look at what goes into building a character who feels real: What kind of research do I need to do? What does he look like, how does she speak, where are they from? What has made this person a villain and that one a hero, and how much of their backstory do I need to know—more than that, how much does my reader need?

And then, once I have made these myriad decisions to build three-dimensional characters, how do I use them?  What brings a character to life on the page, and makes the reader care what happens next?

Join me, as I explore how creation is done and how characters come to life.


About Laurie R. King

Laurie R. King

Laurie R. King is the New York Times bestselling author of 22 novels and other works, including the Mary Russell-Sherlock Holmes stories (from The Beekeeper’s Apprentice, named one of the 20th century’s best crime novels by the IMBA, to 2015’s Dreaming Spies). She has won or been nominated for an alphabet of prizes from Agatha to Wolfe, been chosen as guest of honor at several crime conventions, and has both an Edgar and Creasey and an honorary doctorate in theology

Buy your ticket today

Join New York Times bestselling author Laurie R. King and discover the five things she’s learned about creating memorable characters who come to life for her readers.

Online Class Details

  • 120 minutes

Price

  • Single ticket for session - $60.00
Add to Calendar 01/30/2021 01:00 PM 01/30/2021 02:00 PM America/Los_Angeles Laurie R. King | How Characters Come to Life

Join New York Times bestselling author Laurie R. King and discover the five things she’s learned about creating memorable characters who come to life for her readers.

https://myfivethings.com/class/how-characters-come-to-life/

Buy Ticket

Frequently Asked Questions

Your ticket entitles you to ongoing access to this class — even after the live session concludes.

Please look for an email with information about how to access the course archive within 48 hours of the end of the live class. Once you get it, you’ll have all the information you need to access this course for at least nine months from the live class date — across any and all devices you own.

If you’d like a refund, we can happily credit the card you used to register for the session. Please send a note to pre.event@extendedsession.com, and we’ll confirm receipt as soon as we see it (We don’t need your credit card info – just your email address and date of purchase.)

There are two things to know:

  • Unfortunately, we can only accept cancellations and refunds up to 48 hours before a scheduled session.
  • There is sure to be a lapse in time between the time we refund your order and the time a corresponding credit appears on your credit card statement. So that you’re not left waiting and wondering, we’ll contact you as soon as we’ve processed the credit in our system.

If you’ve purchased a ticket for this online class and you find that for some reason you can’t make the live session, we’ve got you covered:

We’ll make an archive of this class available within 48 hours of the live session, and we’ll send every ticket holder details on how they can view it.

Ticket holders can view this full session archive any time they like – as often as they like.

We take data security and your privacy as seriously as you do.

That’s why we use Stripe to process your registration transaction. They take your credit card and secure your data – in fact we don’t even have access to your credit card number. Which is just the way we like it!

The information we do retain we protect carefully.

We’re committed to keeping personal information collected from those individuals who visit our website and make use of our online programming and services confidential, secure, and private. Our privacy policy ensures that we meet – and when we can – exceed most existing privacy standards.

Want to know more? Read the ExtendedSession Online Privacy Policy Agreement.

Still have a question? We’d be please to hear from you: myfivethings@extendedsession.com.

The receipt you receive via email immediately after you register is all you need to know you’re set for the upcoming session.

About 48 hours before the live class is scheduled to begin, we’ll send you a personalized email confirming everything’s on schedule and containing easy instructions for accessing the class.

We’ll send another reminder on the day of the class itself, and we’ll be available online just before the class begins to make sure you have no problems joining when the time is right.

If you’ve not received confirmation of your purchase, it’s not because we haven’t sent it. In fact, we send a confirmation right away to make sure that we can reach you with class details.

If you haven’t received a confirmation, check your “junk” or “promotions” email first — some people’s email programs group unfamiliar emails in these types of folders. The email date and time should match closely the time you purchased your ticket online.

If the confirmation email is not there, there’s a small possibility that your email address wasn’t entered as you intended when you registered (You’d be surprised, but this happens). If we don’t have your proper email address, we can’t contact you.

In any case, if you can’t find your confirmation email, please send us a note at pre.event@extendedsession.com. We’ll get back to you right away!

© 2021 All rights reserved. | Privacy Policy

Thanks for stopping by!

Sign up for our newsletter.
Find out first about every new class.

Register now. Get the latest news and the earliest discounts delivered right to your inbox. Not all the time. Just once a week.



By sharing your email, you agree to our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy.