Character Psychology for Writers
Ever wondered how to make your characters leap off the page and seem completely believable? In this two-hour online workshop, you can explore a variety of useful tools drawn from evidence-based psychology in order to create more complex and memorable characters. Bring along ideas for one of the main characters you are developing and be prepared to put them through their paces in order to better understand the nuances of their personality, their feelings, motivations, beliefs and even the way they speak. Referring to plenty of examples from novels, films and TV series, this engaging session shows you how you can make your characters stand out from the crowd and come alive.
What you will learn:
- How complex characters are best understood through the Big Five dimensions of personality and thirty facets
- Why some characters are more memorable than others
- The relationship between personality and dialogue
- What we can learn from real life to create more compelling character transformation
- Creating contrasting secondary characters and dynamic character relationships
Is this course right for me?
This course is designed for novelists, short story writers, screenwriters and playwrights of any level, but ideally with a project in development and who wish to further develop their craft.
This is an online course that will take place via zoom. Participants will need a good internet connection and a computer or device with Zoom downloaded and a built-in camera and microphone. Headphones with a built-in microphone are helpful but not essential. Alternatively, we suggest you plan to join from a quiet, distraction-free location.
Participants will be sent further information about how to join the online workshop after registration.
$35 NTWC members | $55 non-members
About the Tutor
Kira-Anne Pelican, PhD is a London-based writer, educator and story consultant, specialising in helping writers develop more compelling novels, TV series and films through insights from evidence-based psychology. She is the author of The Science of Writing Characters: Using Psychology to Create More Compelling Characters (Bloomsbury, 2020). Find out more on her website.