Saturday October 29: 9:30 am - 10:50 am

9:30 A.M. Character and Plot in Fiction

with Alexander MacLeod. 

BSIA Room #123


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Character and plot. For many readers and writers, these are the two most important narrative elements in any story, but how are they related to each other?

Join award winning author Alexander MacLeod in this workshop that explores the vital interdependence of plot and character. Using a few famous examples and some short exercises, we will study the way that characters come to be embedded in the social space of their fictional worlds, and how they are often produced and /or revealed by what happens to them inside the completely artificial borders of a well-constructed literary scene.


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  • ALEXANDER MACLEOD’s short stories have appeared in The New Yorker, Granta, and The O Henry Prize Stories. His first collection, Light Lifting (Biblioasis), was a finalist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award. In 2021, he and his friend, Andrew Steeves of Gaspereau Press, were awarded the Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia Masterworks Arts Award for their collaboration, Lagomorph. Alexander lives in Dartmouth and teaches at Saint Mary’s University in Halifax.

    Alexander MacLeod’s Animal Person, a magnificent collection about the needs, temptations, and tensions that exist just beneath the surface of our lives.


    Photo credit: Heather A. Crosby Gionet