On Character with Sharon Bala
In the domain of fiction, character is king. Long after we’ve forgotten the plot twists and turns, the particulars of settings, and even the narrative styles, of our favourite books, it is the characters we remember. In this workshop we will investigate the difference between what Forster called flat and rounded characters, talk about arcs and epiphanies, and learn how to create imaginary humans who feel true enough to be real. Introduced by Pamela Mulloy
Sharon Bala’s bestselling debut novel, The Boat People, was a finalist for Canada Reads 2018 and the 2018 Amazon Canada First Novel Award. Last November she won the 2017 Writer’s Trust/McClelland & Stewart Journey Prize for her short story “Butter Tea at Starbucks” (first published in The New Quarterly) and had a second story on the longlist. Sharon is a member of the Port Authority, a St. John’s writing group. Her short fiction has been published in: The Journey Prize 29, Hazlitt, Grain, PRISM International, The Dalhousie Review, The New Quarterly, Maisonneuve, Room, Riddle Fence, and in a collection called Racket.