The title for this workshop was inspired by a play entitled Six Characters in Search of an Author. First performed in 1921, this metadrama by Luigi Pirandello introduces a stage manager and his actors in the midst of rehearsal. Imagine their surprise when six befuddled strangers wander onto the set. Turns out, the interlopers are unfinished characters in need of an author to complete them. Sound familiar? Maybe you’ve tucked away a few such shadowy characters yourself. If so, bring them out of the drawer, dust them off, and get ready to turn your sketches into portraits. Memorable characters are both fully imagined and capable of surprising the author who created them. In this workshop, we will ponder the question of which comes first, character or plot. (Note that the answer is dependent on the author, the characters, and the particular project.) Writers who sign up can expect to work through both character and plot development. We’ll experiment with scenarios, story maps, and the Aristotelean incline. Because the class is generative, it matters not whether you’ve written a little or a lot because our focus will be on creating rather than critiquing.