STORY IS CHARACTER. CHARACTER IS STORY.
Your story might have the best plot in the world, and the most exciting action imaginable, but unless those events are happening to characters the audience relate to, you’re wasting your time.
What’s the secret to creating compelling, relatable characters? Write about who you know – and there’s nobody you know better than yourself. Everything you need to create great characters starts with your own emotional experience. Feelings are universal, and when people see their own feelings reflected in a character, that’s the first step towards getting them invested in the story.
So, great stories begin with characters. And great characters begin with you. As the song says, you’ve got to search for the hero inside yourself. Why? Because the hero’s journey is YOUR journey.
The secret might be simple, but that doesn’t mean it’s easy. You need to dig deep into your own humanity, and the human responses of others. Audiences need to relate to the characters you create on a human level – even if they’re not human. When the writers of Finding Nemo created a scene in which a little fish is scared, they didn’t think, “I can write this because I can imagine how a scared fish might act.” No, they thought, “I can write this because I’VE been scared!”
In the workshop you’ll learn:
Whether you're just starting out as a writer, or you've already got some experience under your belt, this workshop with veteran writer and producer Paul Bassett Davies will give you a toolkit to create the classic, timeless characters that are at the heart of every great story.
£90 Full price
We offer the concessionary rate to students as well as to members of these affiliated organisations. If you are a member of one of these organisations, please book at the concessionary rate and bring evidence of membership to the course.
Email or phone: 07958 244656
PAUL BASSETT DAVIES
is a highly experienced writer, producer and broadcaster. He founded Crystal Theatre, whose pioneering multimedia work was acclaimed in Britain and Europe. He then created a series of one-man shows, two of which were Comedy Award finalists at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, and adapted them for BBC radio. He has worked with some of the biggest names in British comedy on TV and radio, as a writer and producer. He co-wrote the BBC radio sitcom At Home with the Hardys with Jeremy Hardy; his radio plays have starred Bill Nighy, Alison Steadman, Martin Clunes, Linda Smith and David Hemmings. He wrote the screenplay for the children's feature animation film, The Magic Roundabout and has scripted short films and music videos. He has written four novels, and his short story The Spots is one of Six Scary Stories Selected and Introduced by Stephen King.
Paul's latest novel, Stone Heart Deep is a dark, twisted thriller. It's available from bookshops, Amazon, or direct from the publisher (click HERE)
His novel, Please do not Ask for Mercy as a Refusal Often Offends, was published in 2020. You can buy it on Amazon or from the publisher (click HERE)
His earlier, much acclaimed novel, Dead Writers in Rehab is available from bookshops or HERE
His first book, 'Utter Folly' ("A very funny novel" - Jack Dee) is available on Amazon HERE