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Creating Great Characters

with Tony Kirwood

Four-session online workshop, 1 - 1.5 hour per session, live teaching, via Zoom.

The length of the sessions varies depending on the session topic and the questions and discussions that arise.
Sessions will be a minimum of one hour.

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Thursday 28th April 2022, 7pm for four consecutive weeks, ending on 19th May 2022

Workshop fee: £99.99

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Join us in our Zoom classroom for this four-session writing workshop from the comfort of your own home. With numbers strictly limited to ten, this workshop will guide you through a variety of techniques that will help you create characters your readers will love.

To help you develop your characters fully you’ll have exercises in the class and some homework to complete each week. The homework will be discussed at the start of the sessions.

This is a great opportunity to develop your writing skills and make friends with others on the same journey. This workshop is suitable for those who want to create believable characters, including beginners. It's an ideal complement to our home-study Creative Writing, Novel and Short Story Writing and Fiction Writing courses.


Workshop Outline:

Week 1: Your Character’s Motivations In this session you’ll look at how plot, conflict and character are all interrelated. You will think about the challenges you are to present to your characters and how they will react.

Week 2: Interiority This week you’ll be looking at how to give your character depth by creating a great back story and what inner conflicts they could have. You’ll then think about which point of view to use.

Week 3: Exteriors What your character looks and sounds like is explored in this session. Then you learn how to make your readers sympathetic to your character.

Week 4: The Wider Story In your final session you’ll look beyond your main character to your secondary characters. You’ll learn the dos and don’ts of changing your point of view and how to reveal character through description, action, thought and voice.


Workshop Fee: £99.99

Tony Kirwood Writer

Workshop Leader: Tony Kirwood

Tony writes fiction, articles and comedy sketches. Much of his work is humorous although sometimes it's scary. Sometimes it's both. His non-scary book How To Write Comedy was cited by the Stage Newspaper as the best training book of the year. He’s had stories in the fantasy genre published and read out. His column The Blog of Samuel Pepys appeared regularly in The Greenwich Visitor paper.

Tony teaches creative writing, comedy writing, comedy appreciation and drama in colleges and venues across the country. He tutors regular classes at Richmond and Hillcroft Adult Community College in South London. He has also led workshops at literary festivals and similar events.


By taking part in this workshop you will:

  • meet other writers

  • have time to ask questions as there are only ten participants per group

  • learn how to create characters your readers can sympathise with

  • learn how to choose the best point of view to write from

  • gain increased self-confidence to take your writing forward on your own.


This workshop is run by Budding Writers in partnership with The Writers Bureau