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How to Build Perfectly Structured Characters

At a Glance

  • A full day class great for screenwriters and novelists
  • Learn how to create motivated characters that truly drive your plot and to construct relationships that both feel real and generate maximum dramatic tension
  • Come away from this workshops with all the tools, techniques, tips and tricks you’ll ever need to structure perfect characters for your novel or screenplay

COURSE DETAILS

How to Build Perfectly Structured Characters

Even the most compelling character falls flat if it is structurally flawed. But how do you ensure that every character is structurally sound and fulfills every dramatic function your story requires?

In this full-day workshop, you'll learn how to create motivated characters that truly drive your plot and to construct relationships that both feel real and generate maximum dramatic tension, whether your story is a drama or comedy and for any style or genre.

By the end of the day you will be able to build:

  • Archetypes without creating stereotypes
  • Four dimensional characters
  • Believable heroes and villains
  • A main character who isn't the protagonist
  • Influence characters
  • Leaps of faith
  • Objective and subjective characters
  • Eight essential archetypes
  • Complex characters
  • Archetypes like those in Star Wars and Wizard of Oz
  • Character relationships like those in To Kill a Mocking Bird
  • Internal and external character elements
  • The main character's motivational quad
  • Character justifications
  • Three kinds of relationships beyond conflict
  • Characters created from scratch
  • Characters created from plot
  • Characters created with the Idea Spinner method
  • Four essential main character dynamics
  • A character structure swap meet
  • A character trait swap meet
  • An antagonist who is the main character
  • "Blind Spots" to drive your characters
  • Characters vs. Players
  • Character Psychology, Personality, Persona and Perception
  • Love Interests and the Dramatic Triangle
  • Audience Empathy or Sympathy
  • Fractal characters
  • Six Kinds of character arcs
  • Characters in absentia
  • Signposts, journeys and character growth
  • Character hand-offs
  • Motivation from the "crucial element"
  • Characters' personal narratives
  • Things as characters

You will come away from this workshops with all the tools, techniques, tips and tricks you’ll ever need to structure perfect characters for your novel or screenplay.

LOCATION

The Writers Store
3510 W. Magnolia Blvd.
Burbank, CA 91505

Saturday March 12, 2016
10:30AM - 6:00PM

Product Details

  • Date available: 02/10/2016
  • Return policy: This item is not eligible for return.

Return Policy

Your satisfaction is our top priority. If you are not satisfied with your purchase, please return the item(s) for an exchange or refund within 30 days from the purchase date, unless otherwise noted on the product page.

Ship the item(s) to The Writers Store via a traceable and insured method. You will be responsible for return shipping fees.

Please include a completed Return Form with your shipment. Refunds take up to one week to process once we have received the item(s).

Software returns must be deactivated and uninstalled from your computer before a refund may be issued. Please contact the software manufacturer if you need assistance uninstalling or deactivating your software.

The following items are not returnable: Hollywood Creative Directories, DVDs (opened), and Gift Certificates.

Meet the Author: Melanie Ann Phillips

Melanie Anne Phillips is the creator of writing software such as StoryWeaver, Idea Spinner and Master Storyteller. She is also the co-creator of the Dramatica theory of Narrative Structure. Over the last twenty-five years, tens of thousands of writers from around the world have studied and employed Melanie’s methods for story structure and storytelling including m...