Create Brilliant Characters

Improving | Fiction
Discover the secrets of successful character creation, and try out failsafe techniques to bring your own characters to life.

Characters are at the heart of memorable fiction. Readers want to meet people they can go for a drink with or fall in love with or shout at. Characters they feel they know – or wish they knew. This four-week course helps you understand the conventions of writing characters and shows you how to create more engaging characters to keep your readers hooked. It will expand your range of techniques and challenge you to experiment with your writing.

What you get

• Fortnightly guided reading extracts, practical exercises and creative writing prompts

• Video and podcast introductions from the tutor

• Forum discussions about how you write and deadlines to get you writing

• A supportive group of fellow writers to read, discuss and feedback on your work

• Q&A session with your tutor to answer your critical questions

• Quiz to assess and broaden your current character-creation skills

• Carefully curated additional reading and resources so you can take your interests further

• Book club and reading diary to encourage you to explore new kinds of characters

• Opportunity to produce a 2,000-word piece of writing: this might be a short story or the opening of a novel

20th January 2020 - 16th February 2020

Availability: In stock

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Session content

Session 1: Creating great characters

Where do great characters come from? In this session we’ll look at different ways of building a character from scratch, whether from yourself, from another person, from your imagination, or from a mix of all three. You’ll emerge with greater awareness of how different writers work and a list of craft skills to work on.

Session 2: Bring your characters to life

In this session, we’ll look in greater depth at tips and techniques to bring your characters to life: description that sets them in your reader’s mind, ways to conjure up convincing back stories, and methods to make your reader care about the characters you create. You’ll write a 2,000-word character-focused piece using the techniques you’ve experimented with. You’ll have the opportunity to critique the work of your peers and gain feedback on your own work.

Option to commission a detailed tutor report on your final piece of work for an additional cost.

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Tom Bromley is an author, editor and ghostwriter. He has written ten books under his own name, both fiction and non-fiction, ghosted a further doze...

"There's no point staring at a blank page waiting for inspiration to strike - to get your creative muscles working you need to start writing, reviewing and sharing your work."

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