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Multi-published Gainesville author William Hatfield will share with area writers how to create strong, memorable characters at the Saturday, July 23, meeting of the FWA Ponte Vedra Writers group.

Hatfield will present “Creating Memorable Characters No One Can Forget.” The 10 a.m. meeting will be in room 106 at Christ Episcopal Church.

In his presentation, Hatfield will explain how compelling and complex characters are created and how they can be the difference between a so-so book and an outstanding one. He’ll discuss how writers should spend time getting to know their characters and making them as complicated as real people with flaws and weaknesses as well as strengths.

Hatfield has a diverse background of his own, with degrees in history and communications, as well as graduate studies in the Middle East and international relations. He’s worked in bookstores and as a musician playing and singing in piano bars.

He turned to writing in 2005 with the first of an action-adventure science fiction series titled “Fist of Earth.” He then turned to murder mysteries set in Key West, penning six novels with diverse characters.

He returned to the science fiction field with the “Emperor’s Blade” in 2021 and has recently published the first in a LGBTQ+ romance series called “Tales of the Diane Isis Bar & Girl.”

The Ponte Vedra Writers group is part of the Florida Writers Association, a statewide, non-profit organization dedicated to the support of both aspiring and published writers in any genre.

The July 23 meeting is free and open to members and nonmembers alike.

For information on FWA, go to floridawriters.org.

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