Freud, Not Frankenstein

Creating Lifelike Characters with a Little Help from Psychology

Nobody wants to read books full of flat, lifeless, or inconsistent characters—and writing them isn’t much fun either. In this class we’ll dive into how to bring your characters to life naturally and organically, rather than artificially stitching them together and trying to force them to do what you want. We’ll talk about defining moments, personality typing, and personal experience as tools to build characters from the inside out. Kerry Schafer will present this topic virtually from her home in Washington. Watch it streamed live at the Finley Center or via Zoom in your own home.  

About Kerry

Kerry Schafer (who also writes as Kerry Anne King) was the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers Writer of the Year in 2020. She is a best-selling hybrid author with twelve novels in print. She is also a retired RN, a licensed mental health counselor, and a certified Kaizen-Muse Creativity Coach. In addition to writing, Kerry provides writer coaching, online classes, and virtual assistant services through her Author Genie business. She is active in the podcasting community and is the host of Taming the TBR. When not absorbed in creative pursuits, you’ll find her hanging out with her real life Viking on their little piece of heaven just outside Colville, Washington. Find her at and her books at


Meeting Agenda and Logistics

  • 12:45 pm Zoom Room and in person meeting opens for informal conversation with members and guests
  • 1:00 pm Meeting begins — Welcome from the President
  • 1:05 pm Featured Presentation
  • 2:15 pm Board Announcements
  • 2:20 pm Member Announcements
  • 2:30 pm Meeting Closes

The meeting will be recorded and made available to registrants.

All CWC members and non-members are welcome to attend. 

Express Members use a special code during registration. 


Saturday, 20 Aug. 2022 from 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM PDT

Please arrive ten minutes before the hour.
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This is an online event.

The meeting will be recorded. 

You may attend in person:

Finley Community Center
2060 West College Avenue
Santa Rosa, CA 95401


Crissi Langwell, Vice President
Redwood Branch of the California Writers Club
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