July 18, 2020
10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Elizabeth Beechwood and Katherine Quevedo teach a workshop on creating Non-Human Characters.
Creating Non-Human Characters
July 18th, 2020 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
This will be held online via Zoom.
Non-human characters can bring a depth to your story not achievable with human characters. By exploring four elements—point of view, intelligence, behavior, and The Wilding—you can follow in the footsteps of Jack London, E.B. Webb, L. Frank Baum, and Lewis Carroll to create unforgettable non-human characters that readers identify with and love. This workshop explores not only animals but also landscapes, mythical creatures, and inanimate objects, such as toys and appliances.
Using lecture, class interaction, and writing exercises (with flashcards!), this lively presentation is fun for writers of all experience levels and genres.
Katherine Quevedo’s fiction has appeared in Short Édition’s Short Circuit, Factor Four Magazine, Apparition Literary Magazine, Heroic Fantasy Quarterly, Thrilling Words, and elsewhere. Her nonfiction has been published in the official blog of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA). She was born and raised in Beaverton, Oregon, where she works as an analysis manager and lives with her husband and two sons. She holds an MBA from Portland State University and degrees in English and Business Economics from Santa Clara University. When she isn’t writing, she enjoys watching movies, singing, playing old-school video games, belly dancing, and making spreadsheets. Find her at www.katherinequevedo.com.
Elizabeth Beechwood is your typical scarf-knitting, bird-feeding tree hugger who lives on the western fringes of Portland, Oregon. When she writes, she starts with regular people with regular lives … but then something strange happens. Whether it’s fiction, fantasy, magical realism or genre-bending, you can count on something just a little peculiar from her stories. Elizabeth earned an MFA in Popular Fiction at the University of Southern Maine’s Stonecoast program and her fiction has been featured in Nightscape Press’s Nox Pareidolia, Third Flatiron’s Hidden Histories, Not a Pipe Publishing’s The Year of Publishing Women’s Short Stories series, Crossed Genres, and Every Day Fiction. You can visit her at www.elizabethbeechwood.com.