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How to Build Perfectly Structured Characters

Workshop - Burbank
Registration ended: 02/29/2016
Class Begins: 03/12/2016   Ends: 03/12/2016
Class Time: 10:30 am - (PST)
FEE: $129/$124 Registration Expired

How to Build Perfectly Structured Characters

Even the most compelling character falls flat if it is structurally flawed. But how do you ensure that every character is structurally sound and fulfills every dramatic function your story requires?

In this full-day workshop, you'll learn how to create motivated characters that truly drive your plot and to construct relationships that both feel real and generate maximum dramatic tension, whether your story is a drama or comedy and for any style or genre.

By the end of the day you will be able to build:

  • Archetypes without creating stereotypes
  • Four dimensional characters
  • Believable heroes and villains
  • A main character who isn't the protagonist
  • Influence characters
  • Leaps of faith
  • Objective and subjective characters
  • Eight essential archetypes
  • Complex characters
  • Archetypes like those in Star Wars and Wizard of Oz
  • Character relationships like those in To Kill a Mocking Bird
  • Internal and external character elements
  • The main character's motivational quad
  • Character justifications
  • Three kinds of relationships beyond conflict
  • Characters created from scratch
  • Characters created from plot
  • Characters created with the Idea Spinner method
  • Four essential main character dynamics
  • A character structure swap meet
  • A character trait swap meet
  • An antagonist who is the main character
  • "Blind Spots" to drive your characters
  • Characters vs. Players
  • Character Psychology, Personality, Persona and Perception
  • Love Interests and the Dramatic Triangle
  • Audience Empathy or Sympathy
  • Fractal characters
  • Six Kinds of character arcs
  • Characters in absentia
  • Signposts, journeys and character growth
  • Character hand-offs
  • Motivation from the "crucial element"
  • Characters' personal narratives
  • Things as characters

You will come away from this workshops with all the tools, techniques, tips and tricks you’ll ever need to structure perfect characters for your novel or screenplay.


The Writers Store
3510 W. Magnolia Blvd.
Burbank, CA 91505

Saturday March 12, 2016
10:30AM - 6:00PM

Tags: Feature, TV Pilot, Short, Web Series, Play, Novel, Action, Adventure, Animation, Biography, Children, Comedy, Crime, Drama, Family, Fantasy, Historical, Horror, Mystery/Suspense, Romance, Science Fiction, Sports, Thriller, Western, Adaptation, Video Game