Character Development

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.


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

This course took me out of the aimless approach to character development and helped with structure. The structure actually freed me, freed my characters to take on a form and personality and voice of their own.
Stephen Price

Character Development | Level I

One-day Intensive

NYC info, tuition: $125
Registration fee $25, paid once per term

One-on-One tuition: $250 Request consultation

The NYC One-day Intensives are seven-hour crash courses, giving you brief lectures that hit the high-points and writing exercises that let you immediately try your hand at what you’ve learned. Arrive in the morning with a desire to learn; leave in the evening as a more knowledgeable writer.

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

Students may reschedule a One-Day Intensive one time.

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

 Jan 9
Sat, 11 am–6 pm
30 W. 16 St.
 Mar 18
Fri, 10 am–5 pm
555 8th Ave.

Character Development | Level I

3-week Intensive

Online info, tuition: $125
Registration fee $25, paid once per term

This course lets you explore 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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 Feb 9