Imagine It: Creative Writing Workshop: Building Character with Marissa Stapley

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Event Details

Registration required via Zoom.  An email address is required to attend this closed session, Zoom event.

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If you’re working on a novel but you don’t really know your main character or characters, if they don’t feel like real people to you, you won’t be able to write a convincing, engaging story. Marissa discusses how to create characters who feel “real”, and how to get to know these people you’ve come up with. Also, some discussion about convincing, real-sounding dialogue with fun ways to put it into practice during the workshop. 

Interactive/Takeaway element: Students will be sent a Proust-style questionnaire for their character developed by Marissa to fill out on their own. These questionnaires can be used for all characters, not just protagonist. 


Marissa Stapley is the author of the bestselling novel Mating for Life, and Things to Do When It's Raining, which has been published in nine countries and translated into seven languages. Her journalism has appeared in newspapers and magazines across North America. She lives in Toronto with her family. Her latest novel The Last Resort is available now.

Visit her at or follow her on Twitter @MarissaStapley.

*These Imagine It creative writing workshops are supported by the City of Kitchener.  Space is limited and is intended for residents of Waterloo region only.*

Event Type(s): Arts, Culture and Entertainment
Age Group(s): Adults