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Crafting Unforgettable Characters with Kristina Gorcheva-Newberry


3 Sessions

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Friday—Sunday March 31 to April 2, 2023

Online via Zoom

Meeting Details:
Friday 3/31, 6–8pm ET
Saturday 4/1 & Sunday 4/2, 4–6pm ET

Great characters remain essential to any work of fiction. They are a combination of writers’ knowledge, skill, and imagination. During this course, we will examine the process of creating strong, multi-dimensional characters, as well as the principles and techniques that can effectively improve and/or define characters, avoiding cultural cliches and hackneyed stereotypes.

Course Outline
  • Session I: Lecture
  • Sessions II & III: Readings Discussion & Writing Exercises

Capacity: 20


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    Kristina Gorcheva-Newberry

    Kristina Gorcheva-Newberry

    Born in Armenia and raised in Soviet Russia, Kristina Gorcheva-Newberry moved to the U.S. in 1995, after having witnessed perestroika and the fall of the Iron Curtain. She earned an M.A. in English from Radford University and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Hollins University. Kristina published over fifty stories and received nine Pushcart nominations, as well as three special mentions in the Pushcart Anthologies. Her work appeared in Zyzzyva, Subtropics, Zoetrope: All Story, Joyland, Electric Literature, Indiana Review, the Southern Review, Gulf Coast, TriQuarterly, Prairie Schooner, Nimrod, and elsewhere. Kristina is the winner of the Katherine Anne Porter Prize for Fiction, the Tennessee Williams scholarship from the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, and the Raz/Shumaker Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Fiction for her first collection of stories, What Isn’t Remembered, longlisted for the 2022 PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize and shortlisted for the 2022 William Saroyan International Prize.

    Her debut novel, The Orchard, was published by Ballantine Books in March of 2022 and included by NY Post among the best books/top 30 must-read titles of the year. The paperback edition is a Penguin Random House Book Club title, forthcoming in March of 2023. Foreign editions include: Germany, Netherlands, UK, and Italy.