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Building Character with Richie Wills

Building Character with Richie Wills (Hybrid)

Building characters can be a daunting task. Characters are one of the most important components of fiction, no matter the length, subject matter, or style. Despite the splendors of science fiction and fantasy – the spaceships, the dragons, the telepaths and unicorns — the most crucial part of a speculative fiction story is, as with a literary story, the characters, who enchant, entertain, engage, and generally become part of the reader’s inner circle of friends. In this workshop we will explore how to go about creating characters that shape your narrative and what makes a reader care deeply about a character to the point where they remember them long after reading.

This workshop is FREE, aimed at young students aged 12–18, and limited to 10 in-person participants with the option to join virtually.

  • COVID SAFETY: We’ll be following social distancing protocol, taking temperatures, and providing masks and sanitizer as needed.
  • ACCESSIBILITY NOTE: If you have any questions/issues accessing any of these opportunities, please let us know and we will work with you to make sure you can participate.
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Book Event

In-Person Workshop Registration Free
Available Tickets: 10
The In-Person Workshop Registration ticket is sold out. You can try another ticket or another date.
Virtual Workshop Registration Free
Available Tickets: 19
The Virtual Workshop Registration ticket is sold out. You can try another ticket or another date.


Tuesday, February 15, 2022


Zoom links will be provided to virtual participants.
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm


Just Buffalo Writing Center


Just Buffalo Writing Center
468 Washington Street, 2nd Floor, Buffalo, NY 14203
Just Buffalo Literary Center


Just Buffalo Literary Center
(716) 832-5400

Featured Artist

  • Richie Wills
    Richie Wills
    Program Assistant, Teaching Artist

    Richie Wills, Just Buffalo’s Program Assistant and Teaching Artist, holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the State University of New York at Buffalo. Richie has worked as a Writing Center and BABEL volunteer and as an outreach coordinator for Words on the Street and The Mocha Center. He is also contributing writer for The Galactic Tribe and continues to work as a community organizer. Richie believes in the power of the written word and storytelling to bring people together and break barriers.

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