When writers get ideas about issues, characters or events, the logical thing to do is write about them. But creating realistic characters—those that come to life and ones readers can visualize—is much harder to write. I’ve written fictional characters as well as historical figures and know how tough it can be to “get it right,” to make those characters come alive. I’ll share my expertise, provide examples and give pointers to make the people in books become people readers recognize. I’ll do a short exercise with the class to create an unforgettable character. Along with good characters has to be good dialogue. The way they speak is individual and yet, needs to be universal for readers. That’s a tricky line to walk, but quite do-able if the writer knows how. There are hundreds of ways to write dialogue, yet only a few of those are right. Again, I’ll share my expertise, provide examples and hopefully have the class do a bit of critiquing along the way. In my experience teaching, peer critiquing works wonders.