Course curriculum

    1. The Progression of a Character Arc

About this course

  • $75.00
  • Class Slides
  • Class Recording
  • Live class

Class Starts In

October 13th, 2 PM - 4 PM, Eastern Time

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In this deep dive on character arcs, we'll take a look at how you can have your character change in a believable way. Many writers think that a character needs to be deeply flawed at the beginning in order to have an arc. We'll look at how to pry into the cracks in their personality to create conflict and tension within the character.


  • Interest in writing fiction, but you do not need to have written anything or be published
  • You will also need to have a device to connect via Zoom 
  • You do not need a web camera but you do need a working microphone, the internet, and speakers or headphones

Grant Seat

In each of my short fiction classes, I offer one or more seats for a person of color of a marginalized gender or sexuality, funded in part by my Patreon supporters. For this class, I have one chair reserved. This includes, but is absolutely not limited to, women of color, trans or gay men of color, nonbinary people of color, and more. If you are uncertain whether you are eligible, don't self reject: fill out the application! 


Hugo-award winning author Mary Robinette Kowal

Mary Robinette Kowal is the author of The Spare Man,The Glamourist Histories series, Ghost Talkers, and the Lady Astronaut Universe. She is part of the award-winning podcast Writing Excuses and has received the Astounding Award for Best New Writer, four Hugo awards, the Nebula and Locus awards. Her stories appear in Asimov’s, Uncanny, and several Year’s Best anthologies. Mary Robinette, a professional puppeteer, also performs as a voice actor (SAG/AFTRA), recording fiction for authors including Seanan McGuire, Cory Doctorow, and John Scalzi. She lives in Nashville with her husband Rob and over a dozen manual typewriters. Visit

Go on your character journey