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ENRICH-0055 – Writing: Under the Influence of Richard Russo (ENRICH-0055_RUSS)

Getting to Know Your Characters: Writing Under the Influence of Richard Russo

Richard Russo—author of numerous books, including the Pulitzer Prize-winning Empire Falls, and the national bestseller Everybody’s Fool—is astoundingly good at getting to know his characters and letting us, his readers, know them too. Join writing instructor Jennifer Itell in getting to know Russo’s characters, and your own. Along with your classmates, read Russo’s latest book, Trajectory, a collection of four stories. Using Russo as your guide, discuss what goes into writing character-driven stories, and try your hand at exercises designed to help you get to know your own characters better—through writing engaging dialogue, exploring internal landscapes, developing backstory, and creating counterpoint characters. Whether you’re writing fictional or memoir-based stories, this course will help you generate new material and gain a stronger sense of who you’re writing about, and why. Come with a story draft you’d like to work on further, or start from scratch and develop a draft over the length of the course. Course does not include a critique of a story draft, though you will be invited to share some of your work in class. Along the way, gain inspiration by seeing Richard Russo live at his Denver Post Pen & Podium series lecture at the Newman Center for the Performing Arts.

Five sessions
Mon., 6:30-8:30 pm, Nov. 6, 20, 27, Dec. 4, 2017
Russo P&P lecture, Mon., 7:30 pm, Nov. 13
Location: Room 287, Sturm Hall, DU campus

Jennifer Itell writes fiction and creative nonfiction, and her work is forthcoming or has been published in Colorado Review, Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, The Normal School, Literary Mama, 5280, Redbook Magazine, StoryQuarterly and Cimarron Review. She teaches creative writing at Lighthouse Writers Workshop in Denver and at University College.
Course Details
Location: DU Main CampusMode of Study: In-personPlaces Left: 18Waitlist Places Left: 10Fee: $210


Days of the WeekStart DateEnd DateTimeVenueInstructor
Monday6th November 20176th November 201706:30PM - 08:30PMSturm HallJennifer Itell
Monday13th November 201713th November 201707:30PM - 09:30PMNewman Performing Arts CenterN/A
Monday20th November 20174th December 201706:30PM - 08:30PMSturm HallJennifer Itell