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Fiction Writing: Character


Course Details

  • Location: UW Seattle
  • Duration: 9 weeks
  • Times: Evenings
  • Cost : $763

Next Start Date:

April 1, 2021

This course is part of a certificate program. You can also take it without enrolling in the program.

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About this Course

Great characters are one of the most important elements of fiction — figures who are believable, authentic, interesting and worthy of sympathy. In the first half of this course we’ll work on building character profiles, then look at how effective characters can impact staging, drama and dialogue. In the second part we’ll focus on character history and subtext, and learn how to bring their repressed passions, needs and fears to the surface.

Designed For

All fiction writers, along with those who produce creative nonfiction.

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What You’ll Learn

  • Keys to writing scintillating dialogue
  • The role of contradictory desires within characters
  • Methods for creating crisis moments that present characters with compelling dilemmas

Program Overview

To earn the Certificate in Writing, you need to complete three courses in two years or less.


You should register for all courses individually; there is no application process for the certificate program.

Learning Format


Attend classes part time at one of our convenient locations in the Puget Sound region. You’ll engage face to face with your classmates and instructors as part of a highly interactive curriculum. Learn More »

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You'll earn 3 continuing education units (CEUs) for successfully completing this course. Learn more about noncredit courses.

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