MAKING PEOPLE

THE WRITERS’ HQ CHARACTERISATION MASTERCLASS

Starts Monday 6 July 2020

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (see reviews)

JOIN US FOR MAKING PEOPLE

FREE online creative writing course from Writers’ HQ, plus an invitation to our kick-ass writing community to gain writing support from people all over the world!

"I loved this course. It helped me unpack my main character, see the true depth of my character and helped inform the shape of my novel. Writers' HQ courses have really impressed me. They're fun, easy to walk through, and have made my writing much, much better."
Emma Basu

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!

Learn how to craft unique, intriguing characters who have their very own agenda, opinions, fears 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 starting, middling, finishing and beyond, plus peer and WHQ feedback.

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“Writers’ HQ gave me the confidence to write. I’ve had short stories, poems, and a children’s book published. Through hundreds of tiny steps and stumbles, each one supported by the Writers HQ community, I am finally happy to call myself a writer. It has become my job.”


Lisa Fransson
author, Älgpappan

“The endless enthusiasm and encouragement of Sarah and Jo has worked magic. My novella-in-flash was published by Ellipsis and won Best Novella in the Saboteur Awards 2019 and I’m now represented by super-agent Sheila Crowley at Curtis Brown.”


Stephanie Hutton
author, Three Sisters of Stone

“With Jo and Sarah’s help I put together a query letter that got me four full requests from the slush-pile, three offers of representation and ultimately, an agent. There’s a reason I mention WHQ in the acknowledgements of my debut novel – they are awesome.”


Emma Read
author, Milton the Mighty

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, and access to our private forum full of super cool people

HOW IT WORKS

  • Enrol

    Once you’ve joined you’ll get an email confirming your place and explaining everything you need to know.

  • 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 30 minutes 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 course is written to be done over 7 days but the content will sit in your inbox for as long as you like so you can work at your own pace and because life always gets in the way and also because we’re nice.

  • No money? No problem

    This course is FREEEEE!

  • 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.

FARQUAR

WHO ARE YOU PLEASE?

We’re Writers’ HQ and you can check out our super groovy modern Internet website here www.writershq.co.uk. We run online creative writing courses and retreats for badass writers with no time or money.

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I DON’T LIKE GIN, SWEARING, OR JOKES FORGED FROM THE DEPTHS OF THE INTERNET

Yeah no we’re probably not for you then. Our approach isn’t for everyone (your first clue is in our logo). We swear more than is ‘ladylike’ and use gifs when we could use our words. But, eh, fuck it. We don’t believe that linguistic purity or literary snobbery does anyone any favours. If we’re not a match for you, thanks for giving us a go and good luck with your writing – we wish you every success. But if, like us, you’ve never found your rightful place in the writing world and think WHQ could be just the ticket – welcome home, come in, grab a cuppa, we’ve been waiting for you (in a totally non sinister way ofc).

WHAT ARE YOU SIGNING UP FOR?

Making People is 5 days of of writing tips and prompts, inspirational bollocks, and literary swearing, all delivered to your inbox.

Start on 6 July, join our lovely little community, and GET WRITING.

You could see out the month with a writing habit to make Barbara Cartland weep and productivity to make Stephen King fall on his knees in adulation.

Just wang your email address in the thingy and we’ll send you all the goodies.

And yes, it’s free, FREEEEE! (But obviously we’re gonna try to sell you stuff in the emails. You can ignore that stuff. We don’t care. We don’t. It’s fine. WE SAID IT’S FINE.)

WHERE ARE THE T&Cs THAT I’LL NEVER READ?

They’re here. We store your data in a handful of places – Mailchimp primarily, and if you sign up to our courses then we use Zapier and Thinkific. All are GDPR compliant. You can unsubscribe at any time.

ALSO TOO AS WELL

We swear a lot. It’s just who we are as people. If you don’t like swearing, please don’t sign up and then email us with how offended you are because that’s a silly waste of everyone’s time. OKAY THANKS FOR THE CHAT.

"This course was exactly what I needed to help me bring to life the characters in my novel - they had been feeling a little flat but I didn't know how to fix it. I was excited to do the exercises, thrilled with the new insights I gained. I had several "aha" moments. Highly recommend!"
Corinne Clark

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