Fiction Essentials: CHARACTERS

Create compelling and memorable characters your readers will love

This course is ideal for: Anyone who wants to improve their characterisation skills.

You will:
 Create a balanced cast of believable characters
 Shape your plot based on motivations
 Explore character development in creating tension
 Identify key interactions and dialogue
 Learn how to engage your reader through your characters

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Where Starts Duration Presenter Price
Online Learn from anywhere at your convenience. On demand
Learn at your own pace
12 months Pamela Freeman $195

Getting into character

Writing compelling, believable characters is the key skill in all fiction writing. So it’s vital that you create characters readers will connect with. If you don’t, no one will care about your story – in fact, they probably won’t get past the first few pages!

In this online course, we will help you develop not only the main players in your story, but your entire cast of characters. This is vital because each of them plays an integral part in whether or not your reader engages with your story.

You’ll discover how to meld plot and structure with characterisation into a seamless, addictively readable story. And your story will have a rich cast of characters who are fully developed, ensuring there are no superficial ones who lack depth and understanding.


This course will help you do the following:

  • Understand your characters in detail – and how to convey those nuances to the reader.
  • Create a balanced cast of characters which are the best mix to help you tell your story and attract readers.
  • Use your character’s development to create narrative tension.
  • Use your knowledge of your characters to write engaging and meaningful dialogue.
  • Draw on your character’s journey to identify and shape key scenes and character interactions.
  • Develop your plot and shape your structure by identifying what is really driving your characters.
Without characters, all we have in a story is a list of events. The depth and believability of your characters is what will make your story stand out amongst others – and what will draw your readers back, time after time. This course will give you a firm foundation on which to build your story.

“Fiction Essentials: Characters filled the gaps in where I’ve been absolutely
stuck for nearly 12 months…now I know what I’m doing. Just do it!”

– Kylie Saunder

You have a great idea for a character… but no story…

Sometimes, you might have a brilliant idea for a character but you’re not sure where to take them. You know your character has so much potential but you don’t know where to start.

If this is the case, this course is perfect for you because it will help you flesh out your character and give you the techniques and strategies to create stories that your character can drive forward.

How our “self-paced courses” work

This is one of AWC’s 20+ “self-paced” online courses. But what does that mean? Allow us to explain:

What’s included in your online course?

  • 2 hours of content – access anytime at your own pace
  • 4 audio lessons plus 4 supporting handouts

By the end of this course

If you complete all the activities the course offers, by the end you will have acquired a useful way of thinking about characters and story, and have developed a number of skills.

In particular, you will have:

  • at least three fully developed characters, complete with their back story, mannerisms, dialogue, and relationships, as well as what drives them and your story
  • your full story arc planned so that you’re able to begin or improve your story immediately.
“It is a valuable course for every writer who wants to sharpen and increase the quality of their characters and to make them memorable long after the pages of a book are closed. I enjoyed the volume of helpful information that I can revisit as frequently as necessary. A very comprehensive course.”

– Cindy Ross

Where Starts Duration Presenter Price
Online Learn from anywhere at your convenience. On demand
Learn at your own pace
12 months Pamela Freeman $195

About us

The Australian Writers’ Centre offers courses in creative writing, freelance writing, business writing, blogging and much more. Our practical and industry-proven courses will help you gain confidence and meet your goals faster!

Contact us

Phone: (02) 9929 0088
Head office: Suite 3, 55 Lavender Street, Milsons Point NSW 2061

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