Bring Your Characters To Life with Victoria Provazza

    Thursday, July 15, 2021 at 10:00 AM until Thursday, August 12, 2021 at 12:00 PMEastern Daylight Time

    Instructor: Victoria Provazza
    2 hour VIRTUAL session on Thursdays
    10:00 AM to 12:00 PM EST
    Workshop is limited to 15 registrants

    Course Description
    In any story, character drives plot, and writing becomes a process of discovery. As an actor asks a director, 'What's my motivation?', so does a writer need to uncover what their characters want, and what they're willing to do to get it. Too often in fiction we see flat or one dimensional characters. In this workshop, we will focus on the process of bringing our characters to life.

    Each week we'll read student work and discuss how to strengthen our stories through character. We'll ask 'What does this character want?', 'What is at stake?', and 'Is this the right time at which to tell the story?' 

    Along with critiquing manuscripts, there will be assigned readings and writing prompts designed to hone your writing skills. By the end of our session you will walk away with a sense of how to take a back seat and allow your characters to take the wheel; they may surprise you!  

    Who Should Take This Class?
    This class is designed to help fiction/nonfiction writers utilize various craft techniques to strengthen characterization. All writing levels welcome.  

    Your Instructor
    Victoria Provazza received her MFA from Sarah Lawrence College, where she served as Managing Editor of LUMINA, the graduate program's literary journal. She teaches English at School of the Holy Child and Writing and Literature at Fordham University. Her work has appeared in Fiction Southeast, Story|Houston and Driftwood Press, among others.

    “Victoria is a master teacher. Her emphasis on craft is like no other teacher I have studied with. I found that her approach brought me to deeper levels of writing skills and knowledge. I highly recommend her, and look forward to studying with her again soon.” - former student 

    “Victoria is one of the best instructors on the Writing Institute’s faculty. She showed empathy for what I was trying to get across in my manuscript and offered expert suggestions to help me get there. Victoria is warm, personable, and encouraging. I highly recommend her course.” - former student

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    Note: Details about Zoom links and any other information relevant to the workshop will be emailed to you the week before workshops begin. If you have questions about the registration process, please call us at 914-323-6170 or email

    Refund Policy: No refunds are given on one-day intensives, advanced classes, and yearlong classes where space is limited. 100% refund before 1st class (minus $50 administrative and registration fee), 50% refund after 1st class (minus $50 registration fee), no refunds after 2nd class for all other workshops. ALL cancellations and requests for refunds must be received in writing. Please contact with questions or to submit a refund request.