2021 Master Class: The Way of Character (Morning)


A memoir writing workshop with Jeff Arch.

4 Mornings:  Monday 11/8 – Thursday 11/11, 9:00am-12:00pm

A $100 combination discount will be applied when registering for the conference at the same time.

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The Way of Character – How to write people that audiences and readers will remember

with Jeff Arch

A master class in creating unforgettable characters. There are no secrets, there are no tricks, there is only the creation, from the ground up, of authentic human beings that readers will identify with, and follow from the very first pages all the way through to the final fade.  Whether it’s a novel, a screenplay or stage play, stories are about people—people who want things, who go after them, who succeed and fail—not because of outside circumstances, but because of how your characters respond to them, and continue going forward, no matter what. Because it’s the “no matter what” that makes us who we are, and makes or breaks every great story. In real life, and on the page. That’s what authenticity is about, and that’s what’s common to every great story.



Jeff Arch was teaching high school English when his spec script for Sleepless In Seattle sold in 1990. The screenplay was nominated for Academy, Writers Guild of America, and BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Television Arts) awards. Arch’s life has never been the same. He has written for many Hollywood studios and producers and directors, including Penny Marshall, Ron Howard and Barry Levinson. He has just released his first novel, Attachments, with widespread acclaim.
Arch has taught at seminars and conferences all over the US and abroad. He encourages aspiring writers not to mimic hits or write to trends, but to to mine their own life experiences for unique material. He and his wife live in Southern California and Maine, depending on the weather.