MAKING PEOPLE

THE CHARACTERISATION MASTERCLASS

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I loved this course. It helped me unpack my main character, and has informed the shape of my novel. I especially loved the six arcs section, where I got to see the true depth of my character and my story. Thank you!! The Writers' HQ courses have really impressed me. They're fun, easy to walk through, and have made my writing much, much better.
- Emma Basu

£20/month. Access all courses.
First month half price!

Part of the WHQ membership

Five part course, rolling access

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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, 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.

LOVE FOR WRITERS’ HQ

Never done anything like this before and found the online format worked so well. Felt relaxed, and that contributed to creativity. Many thanks – will sign up for the next one next week!

Kathryn C

Journaling

Completed a first draft in 25 days! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
For anyone still unsure as to whether the online writing retreats are worth your time, I say this: I hadn’t written anything significant in months and signed up for one retreat. In those six hours I planned and entire children’s fiction trilogy I’d been mulling over. Then the lockdown happened so I signed up for all the weekend retreats and I completed the first draft of the first book in 25 days! The motivation these retreats provide is an undeniable gift. Thank you Sarah and Jo and all the other retreat hosts, I am eternally grateful. ❤️💛💚💙💜

Matthew Parkes

Online Retreats

These online writers’ retreats are invaluable!
I don’t think I could be motivated to write without them. Most productive Sunday in a long time. I wrote 1300 words! Thanks Writers’ HQ.

Colin G

Online Retreats

Another fab day with all the lovely people at Writers’ HQ!
This was my 6th online writers’ retreat since lockdown, and I can’t wait to do it all again tomorrow!

Therese B

Online Retreats

TUTORS

Sarah Lewis
Half of Writers’ HQ
Procrastinator Level: Set up WHQ and had a baby to avoid writing her novel

Jo Gatford
Half of Writers’ HQ
Procrastinator Level: Set up WHQ and did an MA to avoid writing her novel

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