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Character Development with Alisa Kwitney

Character Development: In this two hour intensive, we will explore strategies and techniques for creating vivid and memorable characters, including methods for disguising and distancing characters based on yourself or real, living people, and methods for writing characters very unlike you from the inside out; why false beliefs and mindworms are the key to character arcs; the importance of friends and rivals as foils; and how to identify the telling details of character appearance, wardrobe and physicality.

NB: This class will be taught on Zoom and will be capped at 15 students.


Dialogue with Alisa Kwitney

Dialogue with Alisa Kwitney

In this two hour intensive, we will delve into the strategies and techniques of dialogue, touching on the differences between writing dialogue and replicating real-life conversations; realistic vs. stylized dialogue, and the case for each; dialogue as character, i.e.,writing distinctive speech patterns; banter, crosstalk and verbal swordplay, and what the director Howard Hawks used to call three cushion dialogue.

NB: This class will be taught on Zoom and will be capped at 15 students.


Writer Honoree of the Year Nominee Alisa Kwitney

Alisa has been nominated for the Writer Honoree of the Year award at the first-ever JewCie Awards.

The first ceremony ever held in celebration of Jewish comics, the JewCie Awards supports JewCE’s mission by honoring the creators of Jewish comic book narratives, themes, and characters. Such awards serve as a platform to acknowledge and celebrate the unique contributions of artists, storytellers, and creators who have invested their talents and passion into Jewish storytelling through the medium of comics.


Hudson Valley Weird Science Improv Show!

Come check out the Hudson Valley’s improv show this Saturday, February 16 at 7:30 pm in the Beverly in Kingston, N.Y. and you can win a copy of Corpse & Crown!

Corpse & Crown Book Launch!

Corpse & Crown Facebook Live event: Come check out my FB Live Event on Tuesday Feb 12 at 1 pm! I’ll be in front of the deliciously gothic and possibly haunted Wing’s Castle in Millbrook, N.Y. with my friend, Deborah Coconis, doing a dramatic read from my new YA book: Facebook Live Launch Event

Weird Science Improv Show/Book Giveaway: Come check out Hudson Valley Improv’s Weird Science Show Saturday, February 16 at 7:30 pm in uptown Kingston, N.Y. and you might win a copy of Corpse & Crown! Weird Science Improv Show

Oblong Books Reading in Rhinebeck, NY: I’ll be reading from Corpse & Crown along with fellow YA author Peternelle Van Arsdale Sunday, February 17 at 4 pm: Oblong Books Reading


If you’re at NYCC this year and want to see me, stop by the Making Ships Sail panel on Saturday, October 7, from 12:15-1:15. There’s also a book signing right after.