Creating Characters That Leap Off The Page (Online)

Start date: 13 April 2024
Day: Saturday
Course length: 1 Day Course
Time: 10:30 to 13:00

Course code: OW13

Full fee: £23.75 | Over 65s: £21.38 | Benefit: £19.00

Tutor: Stefan Mohamed

Courses description

Creating a memorable character is one of the most important aspects of writing a novel or short story - arguably the most important. How many stories have we read that fell flat because we were given no reason to invest in the main character? Without the anchor point of a dynamic and interesting protagonist, the most tightly plotted story with the most fluent and fluid prose can feel ultimately hollow.

In this in-depth workshop, join novelist and poet Stefan Mohamed to explore the importance of character when planning a story. Stefan will share his experience of developing characters for his four published books - and many other unpublished ones! - detailing his process and the lessons he has learned over more than 15 years of novel writing. The workshop will also include time for students to write, and a period of discussion where tutor and students can offer friendly, constructive feedback.

Stefan Mohamed graduated from Kingston University in 2010 with a first class degree in creative writing. Later that year, he won the Sony Reader Award for Unpublished Writers, a category of the Dylan Thomas Prize, for his novel Bitter Sixteen. The book was published in 2015 by Salt Publishing, followed by its sequels Ace of Spiders and Stanly’s Ghost in 2016 and 2017, and a standalone novel, Falling Leaves, in 2018.

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