Margie Lawson

Oct, 2019: Create Compelling Characters


SKU: course-202 Category:

Instructor: Rhay Christou

Oct. 1 – 31;  Fee:  $90

Create Compelling Characters

Depending on who you ask, there are 2, 4, 7, 9 or 13 different plots for a writer to use. Regardless of who you believe, with a finite number of what can happen, you’d better a find a way to a make your story stand out among the mass.

And there is no better to draw your readers in that than by creating compelling characters.

Panster, plotter, or follow the whisperer, regardless of how you get that first draft, second draft, third draft on the page, at some point you’ll need to dive into the skin of your character.

In Create Compelling Characters, we do just that. With hands on behind the scene tips on how to writers explore characters, you’ll get to know your characters better than you ever thought possible. With practical exercises exploring the psychic distance between story and reader, we’ll explore a multitude of ways to draw your reader in closer to your story and your characters.

In this course we will

  • ·    Delve deep into the protagonist’s and antagonist’s histories
  •      External goals
  •      Internal goals
  •      Conflicts
  •      Motivating factors of behavior.
  •      Core beliefs and behavior
  •      Defining moments

·         Give a reader the reason to care

·         Develop character’s fatal flaw

·         Get to know character’s psychological levels

·         Develop personalities.

·         Discover character voice and infuse our scenes with voice

·         Exercise our abilities to pull close to characters

·         Explore secondary characters archetypes and springboard beyond to go beyond stock, forgettable, supporting cast.

·         Develop secondary character story arcs and contradictions

·         Develop our use of secondary characters to support and highlight primary character.

·         Analyze how published authors reveal character on every page of manuscript.

·         Revise, reshape and bring out characters, scenes and chapters.

In this four week course, an abundance of learning opportunities will promote discussion and give you plenty of opportunity to learn from each other. Submitting work will allow you to put the theory to work and benefit from classmates feedback. And as a multi-Margie grad with a masters in writing from Vermont College, I’ll also be digging deep to help you pull out your best work.

Hope to see you in class,

Rhay Christou:

The two things I love most in the world are teaching and creative writing. With my MFA in writing from Vermont College, I have had the great fortune to combine the two. Since graduating I’ve taught everything from creative writing to academic writing at the university level as well as writing workshop on the lovely island of Cyprus, in Greece and in the USA.  

Currently represented by Pam van Hylckam Vlieg at Forward Literary, and my first novel, I DO NOT will be released by Spencer Hill.  



Rhay Christou


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