Bring Your Character to Life

Use this Scribble Online nano course to support you with the creation of dynamic, complex and detailed characters.
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  • Lectures 9
  • Contents Video: 23 mins
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  • Skill Level All Levels
  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 4/2015 English

Course Description

"I thoroughly enjoyed this exercise... it really helped me work out the kinks in a character I've been struggling with." -- Workshop participant.

"This course was fun. The group managed to produce some great work, and I couldn't help but have a go myself." -- Workshop facilitator.

Character development is an integral part of creating literature. Characters tell your story on your behalf. They encourage you to emotionally invest in your own story by helping you understand themes and concepts; they instigate or reinforce some sense of identity, and of course, they provide the same rewards for your audience as well...but sometimes, we struggle with creating convincing characters, who remain believable and consistent from beginning to end.

Use this nano course to help you develop a character for your literature. Whether you're in the middle of a character sketch, struggling to get started, or just keen to experiment with a different creative writing method, this is a worthwhile experience for you. Furthermore, if you're currently doing an Arts Award, a creative writing course or participating in a writing programme, this exercise is great for building your portfolio.

What are the requirements?

  • Your preferred writing materials and your imagination.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Use this course to develop a character or characters for your literature.
  • Stimulate your creative writing skills.
  • Stimulate your problem solving skills.
  • Use this course as part of your Arts Award or AQA creative writing portfolio. Feel free to email online@scribbleink.com if you'd like to know more about these globally recognised accreditations and qualifications.

What is the target audience?

  • This nano course has been especially successful with poets, monologue and flash fiction writers, but of course, anyone with an interest in literature and literacy development is welcome to join.
  • This nano course is meant for writers at all levels who are looking for support in developing a character or characters for a story, struggling with writers' block or building a portfolio of work for an arts and culture-based course. No prior experience in writing is needed, but your passion for creativity might come in handy!

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.

Curriculum

Section 1: Get Started
02:26

Character development is an integral part of creating literature. Characters tell your on your behalf. They encourage you to emotionally invest in your own story, by helping you understand themes and concepts; they instigate or reinforce some sense of identity, and of course, they provide the same rewards for your audience as well...

02:04

This keynote explains how to play the game. Listen carefully!

00:26

These tips come highly recommended by those who have used them in Scribble Ink's workshops.

Section 2: Get Thinking
Article

Before you move onto the writing exercises you might need a bit of food for thought, some inspiration and perhaps a little more character development context. This nano course handbook has a few extracts and resources that might be of use to you. Download the handbook and then move onto the 'Get Creative' Section.

Section 3: Get Creative
Get Creative, Part 1 - Character Q&A
Preview
14:36
00:26

This is an opportunity for you to make a beautiful work of art with the answers you drafted in the Q&A session. Transform a 'choppy' list of words into a fluent monologue, poem, short story, or another form of literature that both reflects your character and your writing style.

Remember, your first draft is not your final draft, and you can repeat this exercise as many times as you need to.

Section 4: Course Wrap-up
00:44

Congratulations on completing the writing exercises in this nano course! You've already achieved greatness, but it doesn't hurt to push yourself that little bit more. Now that you've developed your literature, explore the ways in which your literature can help to develop you. Check out the following lecture 'How to use your literature', go to the resources section and download the course guidebook, assessment criteria handbook and watch the nano course overview video.

01:34

So many of us draft beautiful literature which is then left to gather dust. Make sure you're one of the great few keeping your literature alive through the power of publishing, the magic of networking and more!

Let's keep in touch...
00:36

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Instructor Biography

Scribble Online, Creative Writing Courses by Scribble Ink Story Consultancy

Founded by writer Nadia Gasper in 2010, Scribble Ink Story Consultancy is a social enterprise dedicated to mentoring writers throughout their creative process.

Scribble Online is one of three core writing programmes delivered by Scribble Ink. It exists to provide learners with creative writing courses that are flexible, affordable and fun. Each nano course available is equivalent to a 1-2 hour workshop. Enrol today and share the many experiences our London-based writers enjoy during live sessions.

Feel free to email online@scribbleink.com if you have any questions, including queries regarding AQA and Arts Award accreditations, publishing and marketing support, or other programmes and services.

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