Not By The Colour Of Their Skin, But By The Content Of Their Character Workshop 5: 25 September 2021


How does a craft writer create a compelling character, a person or thing capable of playing affecting the plot, language, structure, and other elements in a narrative? How does one successfully draw a veil between the self, the writer, and the characters in a story? And how does one successfully convey the essence of a character to a reader? The answers to these complex questions can aid a writer in their quest to capture a reader’s attention and to concoct plots which provide characters with opportunities to convey nuance.

In the fifth Doek Workshop—using close reading and character maps—character synthesis in short and long fiction is explored with the intention to draw the workshop participants’ attentions to the need for both distance (which permits reflection and consideration) and proximity (which provides intimacy and detail) from the characters they create. The ultimate goal of this workshop is to provide participants with a greater understanding of the storytelling considerations which a craft writer must interrogate and balance in order to commence, continue, and conclude their writings from a character perspective.


  • Saturday, 25 September 2021 (13h00—16h00) at the Doek Studio


Rémy Ngamije Doek’s Founder Chairperson Artministrator

Rémy is a Rwandan-born Namibian writer and photographer. He is the founder, chairperson, and artministrator of Doek. He is also the co-founder and editor-in-chief of Doek! Literary Magazine.


Roxane Bayer • Kay-Leigh De Sousa • Charmaine //Gamxamûs • Ndawedwa Denga Hanghuwo • Katherine Hunter • Filemon Iiyambo • Dalene Kooper • Ange Mucyo

Cover Image: Martin Luther King
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