$145 – $245

Beginner's Guide Writing Workshop: Creating Compelling Characters

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A dynamic half-day workshop for writers who want to create compelling characters that hook readers and provoke discussion.

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Great characters are at the heart of memorable fiction.

And it doesn’t matter whether you’re writing a novel, short story, play or screenplay. Readers and viewers want to engage with people who feel real. Characters they can see in their mind’s eye.

But how do you create vivid, compelling characters with just words?

This dynamic half day workshop will show you how to create and write engaging characters. It will teach you the fundamentals of character creation and a range of character creation techniques.

This workshop is for any writer creating fiction – no matter which genre. It is appropriate for newer writers and is the perfect follow up course for the Beginner’s Guide Writing Workshop: Creative Writing.

Facilitator: Kathryn Burnett

The workshop is for you if you:

  • Are struggling to bring your characters to life on the page.
  • Want to learn the techniques writers use to create realistic and engaging characters.
  • Need a quick refresher to enliven your writing.
  • Want to understand what makes a good character and how you can apply this to your writing.
  • Want to improve your craft.

Want to join a friendly and supportive writing workshop?

In this workshop you'll explore and learn:

  • How to create living characters on the page
  • The difference between characterisation and deep character
  • How to give your character a meaningful character arc
  • Different ways to reveal who your character is
  • How to create a compelling universe of characters.

Facilitator: Kathryn Burnett

Kathryn is an award-winning screenwriter who has worked in the NZ television/film industry for over 20 years. She has significant television and film credits and has developed numerous television series for NZ’s major production companies. Her most recently produced TV projects include – “Fresh Eggs,” “The Sounds” and “The Cul de Sac.” She is also on the development team for an HBO sci-fi series and has a comedy series in development with Warner Brothers.

What people are saying:

“Kathryn has a skill too many story consultants and teachers lack – the ability to listen attentively. This allows her to tune in to what the writer is doing and then offer finely tuned and individualized advice rather than generic formulas. In return she expects the writer to do some work on their ideas, not just sit back and wait to be told something. This is an approach that produces results.” Daniel Fleming – Professor of Screen & Media Studies, University of Waikato

“I wrote a story that was directly inspired by one of Kathryn’s creativity exercises during her workshop. The story went on to win a NZ Society of Authors competition and I have just heard that it has been accepted for publication in Landfall! A real breakthrough for me.” Bronwyn Calder – Writer

“ A great shot in the arm injection of creative juice! Thanks Kathryn for your warm and down to earth delivery. Really loved it!” Melissa Parsons – Teacher, Researcher, Author.

“ Thanks Kathryn – this is the third course of yours I’ve attended and it reinforced earlier learning with great clarity.” Jacqui Wood – Copywriter, Writer

“I found Kathryn’s teaching rich and engaging. For a novice like myself it was very encouraging and I gained a wealth of insights and sense.” Frances Young – Psychologist and Educator

“Just finished my first novel and I continued to use some of the stimulating techniques you taught me whenever I felt blocked or bored. I don’t think I would have even attempted to write a book, without the help I received via your classes.” Jane Kline – New Novelist

"Kathryn Burnett is the bombdiggity. She brings amazing experience, intelligence, and passion to her teaching. She has a comprehensive understanding of movies, cinema history, and storytelling technique, and is effective and engaging when sharing that knowledge with her students. Kathryn is to storytelling tutors as Carlos the Jackal is to international assassins. I can't recommend her highly enough." Steve Barr - screenwriter, producer, and development executive

FAQs:

Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?

Age minimum is 16.(But contact me if you'd like to discuss!)

What is your cancellation/refund policy?

If the event is cancelled by organiser, participants will receive a full and automatic refund. If cancelled by the participant - cancellation must be 30 days prior to the event to receive a full refund. If cancellation is less than 30 days - a 50% fee refund is available at the facilitator's discretion.

What do I need to bring?

Pen and paper - and a laptop if you prefer.

What's the situation re: catering?

Afternoon tea is provided.

Is my registration/ticket transferrable?

Transferrable to another person - yes. Another event - no. (But check with us.)

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

No, you'll be on our list. The name on the registration/ticket doesn't match the actual attendee. Is that okay? Yes. (We will check but people often buy this workshop for someone as a present.)

I’m brand new writer – is this for me?

If you’re a brand new writer this is a great foundation course for all forms of writing. But I would definitely combine it with my one-day introduction workshop Beginner’s Guide Writing Workshop: Creative Writing.

Where can I contact the organiser with any questions?

Email us, right HERE

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