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Writers Workshops


Course #2017-103
Saturday February 25 1:30 pm–5:30 pm & February 26, 1:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Cost: $120 Instructor: Ben Rybeck
This workshop is full


Inprint House
1520 W Main St
Houston, TX 77006 United States
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Everyone has something they want—to find a lost dog, to snag the jewels from a bank heist, to attract a romantic partner—but the reasons behind these desires are complex, suggesting our past experiences in rich ways.

In fiction, giving your protagonists clear goals pushes the story forward, but it also helps you develop complicated characters that will move your readers. Is your character striving for a promotion? Perhaps she’s also working through feelings of worthlessness in her childhood. Is your character searching for a friend’s child after a disastrous day of babysitting? Maybe he’s also confronting his own failings as a man who abandoned his own son years earlier. All great characters contain a mix of these desires—some literal and immediate, others figurative and lingering.

In this workshop, we will look at familiar characters from short fiction and even film to identify these literal and figurative objectives, and a series of in-class prompts will help you use these lessons in your current projects—and also as inspiration for your next story.

About the instructor

BENJAMIN RYBECK is the author of a novel, The Sadness (Unnamed Press). His writing appears in Arts and Culture Texas, Electric Literature, Houston Chronicle, Kirkus Reviews, Ninth Letter, The Rumpus, The Seattle Review, and elsewhere, and his fiction has received honorable mention in The Best American Nonrequired Reading and The Pushcart Prize Anthology. He received his MFA from the University of Arizona, where he taught for several years. He is now marketing director at Brazos Bookstore.

By registering for an Inprint Writers Workshop you are agreeing to Inprint’s registration policies. Remember to sign up for the waiting list if the workshop you would like to take is full. To see the full Winter 2017 workshop schedule click here.