Creating credible characters

19avr.2017
28juin2017
  • 9 ateliers150 min
  • Mercredi15:00 - 17:30
  • participants15

You might love them. You might hate them. But if you feel nothing for a fictional character, that can only mean one thing… Writing Fail!

This workshop is for English-speaking writers between ages 12 and 18 who want to create characters that will pop off the page and worm their way into their readers’ hearts. By sampling some of our favorite fictional characters, we will investigate why they appeal to us, how they are crafted to make us personally identify with them and what makes them three-dimensional: from flawed heroes to villains with a heart.

We will delve into different techniques for creating characters: sampling from our own lives and those of people we know, discovering people who already exist in history, pulling them randomly from our imagination, or tapping into the more esoteric story-book dimension that can only be accessed by those who have read and absorbed vast amounts of stories.

Starting out with the simplest games and exercises, we will gradually develop our skills for writing people we wish we knew…or hope we never meet. We will create ID cards, back stories, dialogues, and interview each other’s characters so that we can get to know them better and learn to present them in an effective way.

Whether you arrive with a partially-developed story or the merest wisp of an idea, you are guaranteed to leave the workshop with characters that evoke emotion in your reader and strengthen your story.

  • Forfait 9 séances : 360 € *
  • Paiement en 3 fois : 120 €
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  • * 10% de réduction sont accordés aux étudiants et aux personnes au chômage

L’écrivain-enseignant :

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Amy Plum

Amy Plum a grandi en Alabama. Elle a posé ses valises à Chicago, Paris, Londres (où elle a obtenu son master en histoire de l’art médiéval) et New York, puis s’est finalement installée en France. Avant d’écrire, Amy a exercé toutes sortes de métiers : livreuse de pizza, serveuse de hot dogs… Elle a même réussi à se faire passer pour une comptable pendant 3 mois, mais elle a jugé plus prudent de changer de poste avant qu’on ne s’aperçoive qu’elle était nulle en maths… Depuis le succès de Plus encore que la vie, son premier roman, Amy a quitté son emploi de professeur d’anglais pour se consacrer à l’écriture. Traduits en 13 langues, ses livres ont rencontré un grand succès dans de nombreux pays.

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