WALKING, TALKING CHARACTERS
14th December 2013
10am – 4pm
Venue: Skipton Friends Meeting House, The Ginnel, Newmarket Street, Skipton BD23 2JA.
There are some characters who take on a life of their own, becoming almost real to many people. This lady, for example:
P L Travers created a one-off character in Mary Poppins, but she had to struggle to make sure that the Disney film, which was made from her books, held on to the qualities that made her character real on the page. Her passion to influence the film illustrates how alive our characters can be to us as writers and how they seem to have an integrity in themselves which is not reliant on us, the author. But of course, it IS dependent on us; and it is important to think about the writing skills we can use to heighten this sense of our characters being walking, talking people.
But how do you make your characters convincing and full of life? What techniques can you use to make sure that the reader can believe in them?
We’ll explore how to use the power of ‘point of view’ to your story’s advantage, and we’ll look at how you can make sure that each of your metaphors and adjectives are purposeful and evocative. We’ll also think about how you can use the setting of your story to enliven the walking, talking characters you place within it.
Just £40 for the whole day, including lunch (home-made soup, luscious sandwiches, and home-baked cake).
Book by email: email@example.com
The workshop will be led by me, Louise Swingler, of Writing (R)evolution. I have an MA in Creative Writing (Distinction) and years of experience as a trainer and workshop leader. I have had a short story published in an anthology (Stations, Arachne Press), and I am in the process of getting my first novel published. It has currently been long-listed for the Mslexia Novel Competition (Mslexia is a great writer’s magazine for women writers). I am also a copy-editor and proofreader.
Attribution for the photograph of Mary Poppins above: