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Novel Characters: Crafting the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

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Melissa A Rosati

Melissa A Rosati


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My guest in the Studio is novelist Susanne Davis.

Strong characters drive your story forward.

I'll be asking Susanne to talk about how to resist superficial, clichéd characters by letting our characters speak truth, with an authentic voice which then creates richness of story. And, most importantly, how to develop and shape the character’s effect, which transforms a story and gives it a beating heart.

SUSANNE DAVIS, received an M.F.A. in Creative Writing/Fiction at the University of Iowa and a B.A. in English from the University of Connecticut. She’s been a Visiting Writer at the Connecticut Writing Project of the University of Connecticut; Resident Director of the Russia Study Abroad Program; Faculty Member of the Seven Mountain Writers Conference (MA); Visiting Lecturer at the Continuing Education Program of the University of Connecticut and the Graduate Liberal Studies Program of Wesleyan University; Writer-in-Residence at the Southeast School and the Pawcetuck Middle School (CT); Instructor at the University of Hartford, Iowa State University, and Des Moines Area Community College.

Her fiction has appeared in some 15 publications and her news articles/features have appeared in some 30 outlets. She’s received awards/prizes from the Indiana Review, Raymond Carver Award, Reynolds Price Short Fiction Award, Brenda Ueland Prose Prize, Heekin Group Foundation James Fellowship, Dana Award for Novel in Progress, Best American Short Stories, Heekin Group Foundation, Tara Fellowship for Short Fiction, Hartford Advocate, American Short Fiction, Hemingway First Novel Competition, and the Iowa Arts Council Literary Awards Program. Susanne is a Teaching Artist at the Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism and she facilitates Words on Fire Studio Workshops.