21-23 February 2020, Friday-Sunday
Creating Fictional Characters
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Your characters are key to your story, indeed the only reason your story can take place. Whether you are writing short stories, novels, plays or screenplays, this course will help you to write characters that will keep readers and viewers engaged.
On this course you will learn the importance of writing unique and interesting, three-dimensional characters who have clear motivations which bring them into conflict with their worlds. You will learn how dialogue and action can be used to deepen your characters and reveal their relationships, as well as showing their morals, attitudes, emotional states and opinions. You will study the impact of setting on characters, what makes a character stereotypical and the reasons we avoid writing stereotypes, and the similarities and differences between characters and real people. You will consider the lightness of touch needed when describing characters.
Working in a supportive, encouraging environment you will explore each of these areas through class discussions and written exercises. Regular feedback and guidance will be provided by the tutor. There will be plenty of time for independent writing in and around the inspirational College and gardens.
By the end of the course you will have developed an understanding of the importance creating unique and engaging fictional characters, and written and edited several pieces. You will leave with increased writing skills, new ideas for creating characters and the confidence to write more.