Construct your Character: How to develop effective and relatable characters (Online) - Nottingham Trent University

Construct your Character: How to develop effective and relatable characters (Online) - Nottingham Trent University


Characters are vital to fiction; long after the book has been placed back on the shelf, it is the impact of those characters who remain engrained in our mind.

This two-hour 100% online workshop will help you establish the fundamentals of character development in your creative writing.

It’s aimed at anyone interested in creative writing, whether you have done any previous writing before or are a complete beginner.

You will look at how to most effectively create engaging characters for fictional writing, and how to create them in such a way that readers adore or despise them.

During the course you will:

- examine why characters are important to the plot
- discuss how to create characters in an effective way
- take part in a dynamic group discussion on effective crime writing
- complete writing tasks from prompts
- gain feedback on your writing style.

What will I gain?

By the end of the session you will have built confidence in your character development, creative writing skills and have some new ideas to further pursue your writing.

Level: Beginner / Intermediate

Entry requirement: No previous experience is necessary.

Here's what our previous attendees said:

"Enjoyed everything, the tasks were really good and thought provoking." - LA

"An informal and informative way for a writer to spend 2 hours. I think the course is well proportioned: a mix of information and acting on the information with feedback and commentary." - SJ

"Really enjoyed the 2-hour evening session. It fits really well around working full time and allows me some time to myself to get into writing and talk with others. This is the second of Charlotte's course I have done and the third in total during the last six months. They have been so great and have really been so useful and helpful." - CN

"Having a short window (and self-permission!) to enjoy some creativity while learning at the same time is enjoyable. The course sparked lots of ideas I can work on afterwards, too. It's just nice connecting with other writer-types and fiction lovers - so more discussion is always inspiring! I really enjoy these short courses, which are perfect for fitting into a busy schedule. Charlotte is warm and enthusiastic, as is really good at summing up what I'm trying to articulate! She's also excellent at deconstructing topics, so it's easier to take the challenges forward and consider things from all angles." - AC

Tutor Profile: Charlotte Baker is an author, associate lecturer, and PhD student at the University of Derby.

She has an interest in horror, true crime, identification, and fandom, and has an MA in Horror and Transgression.

Charlotte has over fifty fictional and nonfictional publications including a series of novellas, short stories, and articles.

She spends her time with family, drinking coffee, walking, and conversing with the various monsters that float around in her imagination.

Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 4 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.

What's included in the price?

Two hours of quality tuition with an experienced tutor.


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This course is taught online

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Hearing impaired
  • Intermediate level
  • Limited mobility
  • Seniors
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Teenagers
  • Vision impaired
  • Wheelchair users


2 hours (6:00pm to 8:00pm)

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Ruth - - #37627

This was a really practical workshop for developing critical skills in reading which can be used in many situations, I think... Well structured, functional and useful. Thank you.

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Ruth - - #37472

Well structured 2 hour online course.... The instructor was very engaging and well prepared. She was enthusiastic and sensitive in her feedback. Very interesting content and the time flew by.

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Penny - - #32693

Our course tutor was extremely well versed in the subject and her enthusiasm was infectious. She also passed on great tips and advice for aspiring writers of the genre.

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