Developing Authentic Characters

The writing of a story or novel often begins with the creation of authentic characters—ones who are believable and compelling. How do these characters move? How do they speak? Are they shown alone? If not, how do they operate in relation to other characters? Exercises and discussions will propel us into our writing. We’ll explore the uses of first, second, and third person and the qualities that make for authenticity. Instructor: Jane Katims



Start Date

April 7, 2020









10 Tuesdays, 11:30-1:30pn Begins Apr. 7

Instructors: Jane Katims


Jane Katims

M.Ed., Author, Dancing on a Slippery Floor

Jane Katims is the author of the poetry collection, Dancing on a Slippery Floor (2007). She teaches contemporary literature and creative writing at Tufts University and The Cambridge Center for Adult Education, as well as leading private workshops. Jane earned her BA at the University of Wisconsin and her M.Ed at Lesley University. She has received a Peabody Award and a John Woods Scholarship in Fiction Writing. Her short story, "Until Now," appeared in the Spring 2009 all-fiction issue of Pearl Magazine. Several recent stories have appeared in Proximity Magazine, The Coachella Review, and The West Texas Literary Review. Jane serves on the Board of the English Department at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She lives with her family near Boston.