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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If you wonder how to get started creating characters or want to develop your skills further in this area, I would highly recommend this course.
Connie McClung
HR and finance manager

Intensives are fun, fast crash courses.

Character

Two-day Zoom Intensive

Two three-hour sessions on separate days.

Zoom info, tuition: $165
     Registration fee $25, paid once per term

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.

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Not offered in NYC.

Character

One-day Intensive

Seven hours in one day (with lunch break).

NYC Tuition: $165
     Registration fee $25, paid once per term

One-on-One tuition: $300 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.

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Spring NYC Schedule now available via Zoom Conference
This class may be taken in NYC as a 3-week Intensive.

Character

3-week Intensive

Three sessions (each lasting a week) on three consecutive weeks.

Online Tuition: $165
     Registration fee $25, paid once per term

One-on-One tuition: $550 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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This class may be taken in NYC as a One-day Intensive.