Fiction Writing: Character


Course Details

  • Location: Online
  • Duration: 9 weeks
  • Times: Evenings

Next Start Date:

April 8, 2025

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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 be impacted by staging, drama and dialogue. In the second part we’ll focus on character history and subtext, their inner lives, 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


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Learning Format

Online With Real-Time Meetings

Online With Real-Time Meetings

Combine the convenience of online learning with the immediacy of real-time interaction. You’ll meet with your instructor and classmates at scheduled times over Zoom. Learn More »

Course Sessions

Online With Real-Time Meetings

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