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Creative Writing Boot Camp: Create a Character

Julia Gousseva, College Teacher, Writer

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15 Videos (24m)
    • Introduction

      1:44
    • The Basics

      4:21
    • Dominant Impression

      1:51
    • Five Traits

      0:28
    • Appearance

      1:04
    • Ability

      1:16
    • Speech

      1:25
    • Mannerism

      0:53
    • Attitude

      1:00
    • From Protagonist to Hero

      2:16
    • Adding Complexity

      1:42
    • Conflicting Desires

      1:45
    • Character Flaw

      1:00
    • Summing Up

      2:10
    • Conclusion

      0:37

About This Class

Do you want to create compelling, dynamic characters for your short stories, novels, or memoirs but don't know where to start? Or have you started writing but realized your characters are one-dimensional or not very interesting? 

This short class will show you how to develop a character from a stick figure to a real person with unique attitudes, abilities, mannerisms, flaws, and special qualities your readers will relate to and admire.

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Julia Gousseva

College Teacher, Writer

Dr. Julia Gousseva started teaching college-level writing courses in 1993, as a graduate student at the University of Arizona. Since earning her PhD in 2001, she has been a full-time writing instructor at a community college in Arizona. Her favorite classes are short story writing and creative nonfiction.

Creative writing is Julia’s passion, and you can often find her at work on a new project. Julia is the author of Adventures of Alex and Katie children’s books, Any...

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