At the center of a good story are the characters in it. In this Creative Writing - The Craft of Character course offered by Coursera in partnership with Wesleyan University aspiring writers will discover how to build and bring to life complex, vivid and unforgettable characters.
We will study the choices a writer makes to bring all characters to life on the page, and we will perform written exercises in order to develop a variety of writing and pre-writing techniques, in order to create a variety of characters.
We will learn how to use our own life experiences, and the people we know (and how not to!).
We will develop inner (thoughts and feelings) and outer (appearance, habits, behavior) lives for our characters and see how that can lead us to richer and more interesting stories. We will breathe life into our characters and let them surprise us.
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- Discovering Characters from Your Life and Elsewhere
- Creating Characters on the Page
- Dialogue and Monologue
- Set Your Characters Free.. and Give Them Somewhere to Go
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- 1 months
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DisciplinesLanguage Studies Creative Writing Literature View 34 other Short Courses in Literature in United States
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We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.
We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.
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