RCLAS Writing Workshop: Perfectly Imperfect
October 14, 2017
1:30 pm
3:30 pm
Anvil Centre, 777 Columbia Street

Host: Nasreen Pejvack

Description: To explore and share ways in which character flaws can be used in fiction (and even in narrative non-fiction) to deepen the reader's interest in your story and its characters.

In our fiction we seldom present characters who are perfectly perfect or the epitome of evil. Most of our characters are people living their lives as best they can, while struggling with the goals and quests and intolerable backgrounds we have given them.

Rather than being evil our characters have flaws, shortcomings and skewed perceptions. Rather than saintly the characters we identify with are rounded out with weaknesses, foibles and blind spots.

Workshop objectives:

Participants will

- understand the values of character's flaws and weaknesses in fiction

- consider the limitations of a character's flaws and weaknesses in fiction

- share ways to introduce flaws and weaknesses

- understand what can be done with both weaknesses and strengths in fiction

- share ideas for making character flaws drive and deepen your story

Bio: Valerie Adolph is an award-winning fiction writer with work read on CBC radio and included in several anthologies, including three "Chicken Soup" volumes. She has published two books for the BC government about the history of Woodlands in New Westminster. Her most recent work is a historical novel titled "Bride Ship Three". Besides being a member of RCLAS she is also a member and a book reviewer for the Historical Novel Society.


Saturday, October 14, 2017
1:30 pm
3:30 pm


Anvil Centre, 777 Columbia Street