Two Saturdays: October 3 & 17 • 1:30-4:00pm PT • $75 (individual class); $125 (for both) • Hosted via Zoom
Ways Two and Three: October 3 • Ways Four and Five: October 17
Format: Presentation, short interactive exercise, writing time, question & answer • Class size limited to 16
It is not necessary to have taken Way One first
Five Ways In to Character is a unique, five-part technique for creating characters on the page and in performance. Synthesized by Julia McNeal, and honed over the last 15 years, this technique has never failed to deepen, clarify, and improve the character creation of all who apply it. Following the sold-out Way One class, Julia brings the next Four Ways of the technique to Book Passage in 2, two-and-a-half-hour classes.
1. Ways Two and Three of the Five Ways In to Character (Saturday, October 3rd)
Way Two completes the “Outside-In” work of the technique—focusing on gender; and Way Three is the deep core of the technique: the Inside-Out work that opens the door to any character’s truest being and unique nature.
Bring to Class: a short paragraph (1–5 sentences) that describes or is in the voice of a character you are working on or thinking about.
2. Ways Four and Five of the Five Ways In to Character (Saturday, October 17th)
Ways Four and Five are both Inside-Out work (starting with the inner world of a character, and discovering how that manifests outwardly). Way Four gives you Julia’s Artist’s/Writer’s Authentic Self meditation (totally valuable on its own, with or without characters to write!), and shows you how to apply it to creating distinct characters. Way Five is the simplest Inside-Out piece of the technique—almost a no-brainer—and always worth applying last.
In each class, you will learn useful practices to apply every time you want to get clear, compelling, recognizable and specific characters on the page.
If you need something to shake up your writing routine, invite deeper truth, energy and new ways of seeing the character(s) you are writing (even if that character is You), come play and learn on two Saturdays: October 3rd and 17th. You’ll come away with a whole new way of looking at characters, and a concrete method of approach you can use, going forward.
What Students Are Saying about Julia McNeal
“Julia’s Ways In is a brilliant and original set of techniques for exploring and deepening characters which go way beyond what writers usually learn and practice. A wonderful opportunity to learn from an accomplished actress how to access the often elusive essence of characters and what makes them tick."
"Julia is a passionate and stimulating teacher and her classes crack open new insights and perspectives for writers committed to creating characters that are fully alive.”
"Julia's techniques help keep me excited about my writing projects rather than overwhelmed. Her classes offer a useful conceptual framework, actionable practices, and compassionate support."
“Thank you Julia. This was exactly what I needed to reconnect with my writing project after losing focus amid this whole pandemic situation.”