Throughout the history of writing many famous authors have spoken about the importance of character in story. Here are a couple of quotes that I like and relate to:
The only characters I ever don't like are ones that leave no impression on me. And I don't write characters that leave no impression on me.”
― Lauren DeStefano
And my favourite:
“When writing a novel a writer should create living people; people not characters. A character is a caricature.”
― Ernest Hemingway
These quotes are the guidelines for character development in my stories and in the Gondor Character Development course.
Characters must be real people with the fears, weaknesses and strengths that we all possess.
How do you make sure your characters are believable and memorable?
In this workshop, we will examine many memorable characters from books and movies and go through what makes them memorable.
We also examine the many personality types we meet and show you how to portray them effectively. We will then work on how to make your characters unique and memorable.
For crime and mystery writers, the character workshop includes an examination of criminal types and what drives them to commit crimes.
I believe that this is the most valuable workshop of the year. If your character is flat and not well enough developed, so is your story.
It's a two day workshop, so if you are coming from any distance and want to stay over Saturday night check out the accommodation option on the workshop page. The Landsborough Pines Holiday Village is just a short walk away. They have share cabins or single units.
Don't let this valuable workshop slip by. Book now on the workshop page or phone 54 399 038 to book. http://www.gondorwriterscentre.com/workshops.html
Learn the various picture book structures and the skills to create a story that truly sings. How do you achieve the best combination of text and art? How do you set out a manuscript ready for submission? And which publishers should you submit your story to?
This session is taught by Aleesah Darlison, award-winning author and owner of Greenleaf Press. Aleesah has published over thirty-five books for the trade and educational markets, including ten picture books.
Bring a manuscript to share with the class and gain valuable feedback. Take-home Handouts. Invaluable Tips. Networking Connections. You’ll be buzzing! View her profile here.
Price $66 per person (includes GST)
Book now on the workshop page or phone 54 399 038 to book. http://www.gondorwriterscentre.com/workshops.html