The Afternoon Series Welcomes Andrew Lam on "Understanding Your Character’s Yearnings and Desires, Understanding Your Story"

Date & Time:
Wednesday, October 11, 2017 -
2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
De La Salle Hall: Hagerty Lounge, 1928 Saint Mary's Road, Moraga, CA 94575
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Understanding Your Character’s Yearnings and Desires, Understanding Your Story by Andrew Lam

So much of writing is about human longing and wishes, especially in the short story form. One way to explore the shape of fiction writing is to explore the various dimensions of one’s character’s inner life and secrets. It is a way toward understanding motivation and how it can move a story forward, giving it shape. In this Workshop, writer Andrew Lam, an accomplished essayist and a short story writer, will discuss his process of coming up with a character and how their inner lives drive the narrative.


Andrew Lam is the web editor of New America Media and a regular blogger for the Huffington Post. His collection of essays, Perfume Dreams: Reflections on the Vietnamese Diaspora, received the PEN Open Book Award. East Eats West: Writing in Two Hemispheres, a meditation on how Asian immigration changed the West, was named Top Ten Indies by Shelf Unbound Magazine. Birds of Paradise Lost, a collection of short fiction about Vietnamese newcomers struggling to remake themselves in the San Francisco Bay Area won the Josephine Miles award for fiction.  


MFA in Creative Writing