Character

Characters are the beating heart of every story—fiction, nonfiction, any kind of scripted show. In fact, it’s their actions, dialogue, habits, quirks, appearance, gestures, hopes, dreams, fears, triumphs, failures, and flaws that make a story what it is. We follow people like Sherlock, Hamlet, Katniss, Batman, Lolita, and ________ (fill in your great character here) not because they’re nice folks, but because they fascinate us.
 
It’s almost magical, bringing people to life through words. Here you’ll learn techniques for creating and revealing characters that seem as vividly dimensional as your wife or boss or next-door neighbor. 
 
Whether you’re working with imaginary or real people, we’ll show you how to write characters that your readers or audience won’t soon forget.

Notes

This is a cross-genre course, applicable to any kind of writing that contains characters, including nonfiction.

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It will change the way you understand yourself, the people around you, and the characters you create in your mind.
Joanna Gillespie
creative consultant

Intensives are fun, fast crash courses.

Character

Two-day Zoom Intensive

Place & Price

  • Zoom: real-time videoconference  info
    tuition: $165

Registration fee $25, paid once per term

One-on-One tuition: $350  Request consultation

The Zoom Intensives are taught via the Zoom videoconference platform.

Character Intensive topics include: building characters, desire, contrast, showing vs. telling, evolution.

Course components: lectures, writing exercises

Intensives are open for writers of any level. Students must be 18 years or older.

Students may reschedule a Zoom Intensive one time.

Meets
Teacher

Sat-Sun, Oct 1 & 2, 1–4 pm et
Zoom Conference

Character

One-day Intensive

Place & Price

  • NYC: in-person  info
    tuition: $165

Registration fee $25, paid once per term

One-on-One tuition: $350  Request consultation

The NYC One-day Intensives are taught in-person.

Character Intensive topics include: building characters, desire, contrast, showing vs. telling, evolution.

Course components: lectures, writing exercises

Intensives are open for writers of any level. Students must be 18 years or older.

Students may reschedule a One-day Intensive one time.

Meets
Teacher
Upcoming dates to be announced.

Character

3-week Intensive

Place & Price

  • Online: not real-time, week-long sessions  info
    tuition: $165

Registration fee $25, paid once per term

One-on-One tuition: $495  Request consultation

This course explores techniques for creating and revealing dimensional characters, for any type of writing. Course components:

  • Lectures
  • Writing exercises

Character is open to writers of any level. Students must be 18 years or older.

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Starts
Meets
Teacher
 Aug 16
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 Sep 13
 Oct 11
 Nov 15