Creating Believable Characters, with Leah Thomas

Leah Thomas frequently loses battles of wits against her students and her stories. When she’s not huddled in cafes, she’s usually at home pricking her fingers in service of cosplay. Leah lives in San Diego, California and is the author of Wild and Crooked, When Light Left UsNowhere Near You, and the William C. Morris YA Debut Award finalist, Because You’ll Never Meet Me.

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When: Thursdays, July 23 to August 13, from 1–2:00pm PST

Where: Online (via Zoom)

How: Free (registration required; space is limited)

For young writers (age 13–18) only

These sessions, with author Leah Thomas (Wild and CrookedBecause You’ll Never Meet Meet, and When Light Left Us), will focus on nurturing author voice and developing new perspectives that can help convey convincing characters in any genre.

How Will I Take This Class?

This course will take place via Zoom, a free videoconferencing app for computer, tablet, and phone.

When you enroll (above), you’ll be given a link to the online classroom. Before the first session, you can click on that link, and you will be prompted to download the Zoom app, if you don’t already have it.

If you have enrolled but not received a link to your class session, please email us at

When the class starts, everyone but the instructor will be “muted,” but instructors and workshop staff will be able to “unmute” you for questions and interactive portions of the classes.