Building Characters for Fiction ‘Writers Guild Retreat’ January 2023

Repeat of Successful Retreat for Intermediate Writers: Creating Captivating Characters

At the September Building Fictional Characters Workshop Retreat participants enjoy the eat in kitchen while awating  instruction and writing assignment under the direction of Charles Prier

JANUARY 26-29, 2023 

at The Bowers House Writers Retreat

Are you struggling to bring your fiction characters to life on the page?
Want to create more lovable heroes and hateful villains that readers simply can’t get enough of?
Looking to publish a book that will live on in the hearts and minds of readers forever?

If so, then don’t miss the Writers Guild Retreat at The Bowers House focusing on FICTIONAL CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT.

Inside this intensive three-day workshop, you’ll learn how to create unforgettable characters that propel your plot forward and grab your reader’s attention – page after page. Led by Charles Prier, accomplished author and publisher, this game-changing event includes dynamic presentations, videos, group discussions, hands-on writing exercises and assignments. This illuminating retreat also includes a fictional character immersion session with special guest, Javon Johnson, an award-winning writer, educator and actor. Once the weekend comes to a close, you’ll walk away with the knowledge, skills and confidence to craft riveting characters that animate your story and deliver your message to the world. Ready to elevate your writing skills and learn how to create captivating characters?

$500 includes lodging meals and workshops

Application: Charlie Read 954-888-8948 txt or call

More information or questions, Charles Prier
(706) 246-9421 or (706) 436-9632

Become the Writer You Were Meant to Be at The Bowers House

Terry Kay, George Singleton, Alice Friman, Scott Russell Sanders, Anne Pancake, Alison Hawthorne Deming … these are just a few of The Georgia Review alums who have sought refuge at The Bowers House to further hone their craft and perfect their stories before releasing them to the world.

Living Room at The Bowers House

For decades, this 100-year-old historic registry railroad hotel nestled in the sleepy hamlet of Canon has provided writers with the seclusion and inspiration they needed to move forward with their most important works. Perhaps their creativity ripened under starry nights or amid spiral-vined gardens, in the thick shade of towering magnolias or the comforting embrace of the wraparound porch here at The Bowers House. If you’re ready to follow in the footsteps of some of the most acclaimed authors out there, consider a retreat or residency with us.

Meet Charles Prier, Retreat Director

Charles Prier has been a writer for 30 years with stints in trade publishing, the tech industry, local news and fiction. As director of Writers Guild at The Bowers House for the past 12 years, he has mentored and coached countless members on their journeys to become published authors. The author of four books,

Writers Guild and Retreat Director, Charles Prier (l) with Terry Kay, “To Dance with the White Dog,” an inductee into The Georgia Writers Hall of Fame, on his 82nd birthday.
Writers Guild and Retreat Director, Charles Prier (l) with Terry Kay, “To Dance with the White Dog,” an inductee into The Georgia Writers Hall of Fame, on his 82nd birthday.

Charles has also edited and published the work of more than 20 members.

About Javon Johnson, Special Guest

We are thrilled to welcome Javon Johnson to the January 2023 retreat. An award-winning writer whose work includes musicals, films and literary fiction,Javon is also an educator and talented actor who has appeared on “The Oval” (2019), “American Soul” (2019) and “Survivor’s Remorse” (2014). Johnson will conduct a fictional character immersion session from the dual perspective of an actor and a writer while sharing his favorite character development exercises and techniques.

A special guest workshop session on author character immersions conducted by writer, educator and playwright Javon Johnson who wrote the acclaimed musical “Sanctified.”
A special guest workshop session on author character immersions conducted by writer, educator and playwright Javon Johnson

 $500 Retreat fee includes: Locally inspired and prepared meals, and comfortable living space and private rooms with work area.
Thursday 91/26 – Arrival check-in 2 p.m. – 5 p.m. 7 p.m. Orientation, Meet and Greet social.
Friday 1/27 – Daytime workshops and special guest, Javon Johnson, evening writing assignments.
Saturday 1/28 – Daytime workshops and writing.
Sunday 1/29 – Summary, Recognition, farewell, free time afternoon. Participants may remain for at $75 per person per additional night.

The Writers Guild at The Bowers House January 2023 Retreat focuses providing experienced writers featuring an intensive three-day workshop on creating memorable characters. The essential phrase “know your character backwards and forwards” encapsulates the focus of this three-day workshop.

I The fundamentals of character invention
II Building Characters
III Reader/Character relationships
IV Character-to-character relationships


Begin with the Character • Character Properties Flaws and Habits • Likability • Character Motivation • Character Arcs • You Are Not Your Character • Basing Your Characters on Real People • Characters as metaphors • Exploiting Cultural Influence in Character Development

$500 includes lodging meals and tour
Reservations: Charlie Read 954-888-8948 text or call please

More detail and questions: Charles Prier
 (706) 436-9632

A retreat for experienced writers featuring
an intensive workshop on creating
memorable characters led by Charles Prier,
Retreat Director and Program Manager
at The Bowers House

Join Writers Guild at The Bowers House

Want to get the ongoing support and guidance you need to become a better writer? Then join Writers Guild at The Bowers House. The group meets on the second Wednesday of each month from 1-3 p.m. For $25 a year, you’ll receive coaching and lesson plans from Charles Prier, valuable feedback from peers, and a chance to meet and learn from writers just like you. Membership is open to writers at every skill level. We are currently developing remote attendance guidelines so non-local members can participate in group discussions. Visit for details. The Bowers House is available for group overnight rentals to writers and artists and individual member residencies. Donations and sponsorships are encouraged. Call family custodian Charlie Read at 954-888-8948.


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