If your fictional character got into a car accident right now, what would he or she do first?
What if they discovered their partner was cheating on them?
How would they respond to someone throwing them a surprise party?
Do you know your character inside and out?
No matter how wonderful and thrilling the plot, all stories are told through and by a compelling cast of characters. Your character must become real enough to tell their story. If your character does not undergo an internal change, your reader might give up and set your book down on the shelf with all the other flat stories.
Authors tell me all the time, “I know all about my character! He is 36, lives with his wife and two daughters in Southern Georgia, has blue eyes, his character flaw is being a control freak, and he has let his family down because he is a workaholic, etc. etc. etc.” That may all be true. And I assure you, it’s a great start. But that is knowing ABOUT the character. Not KNOWING the character.
“To develop a fully rounded character, you must understand the character’s physiology completely.” - James Frey, How to Write a Damn Good Novel-
Know Your Character
This course forces you to dig deep inside your character. When you have completed the course, you will be able to put your character in any scene and force him to react in an authentic way. You will understand WHY he reacts the way he does. Your reader will be able to identify with your character because your character will be REAL. Your reader will engage with your plot because the reader wants to know how life turns out for this REAL character.
This Course is For You If:
- You are a fiction writer
- You are just getting started
- You are struggling with a project
- You cannot answer how your character would react when someone invites him to church. What expression she would make when she gets fired. What he is thinking as he watches his bosses take all the credit for his work. What kind of punishment she doles out when she catches their teenager smoking. How he deals with his feelings when he thinks of his father. You don't know what he would wear to a formal event and why, or how she would react to social distancing during a pandemic.
“And if you do your job, your characters will come to life and start doing stuff on their own.” - Stephen King, On Writing -
Who is This For:
- This course is for adults only
- This course is for all levels
- This course is for any genre of fiction
What to Expect:
The course runs for 8 weeks from June 25 - August 13th Thursday Evenings 5-7pm EDT
Sessions will be held via Zoom* and will be a combination of lesson and active workshopping. Each week, you will have homework that is specific to YOUR character.
Handouts and class notes will be provided in PDF form after each class.
Two 30-minute one-on-one sessions to delve deeper or work problem areas.
Voxer group chat for class communication.
Class size will be a minimum of four, limited to ten.
*Sessions will be recorded but you are highly encouraged to attend each class.
Cost for 8 Weeks = $320