Making People

The Writers’ HQ Online Characterisation Masterclass

Create characters who are original, real and memorable, right down to that bit of dried cheese sauce on their trousers and their fear of flip-flops.

Imagine if Lizzie Bennett had no sense of humour, or if Offred just gave up, or if Matilda wasn’t fussed about books. Imagine if Frankenstein had even the tiniest ounce of empathy. Without great and believable characters, stories don’t fly, plots wilt, worlds end and, worse, manuscripts get thrown in the bin.

Our one week long characterisation masterclass will show you how to turn your characters into people, how to stop yourself falling back on tropes and stereotypes, and how to avoid hashing out two-dimensional cardboard cutout figures instead of sculpting living, breathing people.

Prepare your loins to CREATE LIFE!

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£20 a month. Access all Writers’ HQ courses.
More info

£10. One month of single course access.

Learn how to craft unique, intriguing characters who have their very own agenda, opinions, phobias and dreams.

Write backstories and memories and find out how to thwart your poor protagonist’s desires at every turn to up the stakes and layer your story with conflict.

Join our lovely little online community to support you through the braining process and beyond, plus peer and WHQ feedback.

ALL THE AWESOME-SAUCEOME STUFF YOU GET

  • A range of different approaches to characterisation to help you get down and dirty with the psychology of your fictional peeps
  • Discover your character’s motivations and work out how they react in any given situation
  • Daily inspiration, whip-cracking, writing exercises and prompts
  • Access to our private Forum full of super cool people
  • Techniques to tease out the inner workings of your characters
  • Tools to encourage ideas to grow and bloom

CURRICULUM CURRICULAR CURRICULEEEEE

AKA what we’ll be covering in this course

UNIT 1: WHAT DO THEY WANT AND WHY CAN’T THEY HAVE IT?
Tap into your character’s deepest desires to ramp up the conflict

UNIT 2: THE MANY ARCS OF CHARLIE BAXTER
Just one problem to solve? Too easy! Chuck everything you’ve got at them.

UNIT 3: WHAT YOU DO IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN WHAT YOU ARE
Why action is more important than description

UNIT 4: HISTORY AND ALSO HERSTORY
Get down and dirty with your character’s backstory for a fuller front-story

UNIT 5: INCREMENTS OF BASTARDRY
Give ’em hell

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HOW IT WORKS

  • Enrol

    Once you’ve joined you’ll get an email confirming your place and explaining how you access the course. Spoiler: you click a link. Super simple.

  • Read, watch, do

    The lessons are a mix of text, images, videos and exercises. To get the most out of the course, try to give yourself at least an hour a day to read or watch the material and do the exercises. We’ve made them as bite-size as possible but also if you wanna do the thing you gotta do the work.

  • No rush

    This is a five day course but we’ll give you access to the course materials for a month so you can work at your own pace and because we’re nice.

  • No money? No problem

    Making People is totally free because we want you to see how we can help you, and once you’ve done it we hope you’ll come back and join us as a fully fledged, card-carrying WHQer.

  • Milk no sugar

    Drink plenty of tea, stock up on biscuits, gin for later. Enjoy it. It’s supposed to be fun. Love you. Mwa.

GET STARTED NOW

£20 a month. Access all Writers’ HQ courses.
More info

£10. One month of single course access.

*When you book a place you’ll receive an email detailing how to access the course material. It can take about five minutes to come through, and remember to check your spam folder.

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