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About the Course

At the center of a good story are the characters in it. In this course aspiring writers will discover how to build and bring to life complex, vivid and unforgettable characters. We will study the choices a writer makes to bring all characters to life on the page, and we will perform written exercises in order to develop a variety of writing and pre-writing techniques, in order to create a variety of characters. We will learn how to use our own life experiences, and the people we know (and how not to!). We will develop inner (thoughts and feelings) and outer (appearance, habits, behavior) lives for our characters and see how that can lead us to richer and more interesting stories. We will breathe life into our characters and let them surprise us....

Top reviews


Aug 11, 2016

I loved this course! Extremely useful and hands on. The course instructor was really impressive, both informative and empathetic, both arty and to the point. Totally admired her style of instruction.


Aug 08, 2016

Excellent teaching, be aware the meat of this course is in the interviews. If you read and watch them then the assignments are self-explanatory. The discussion boards were however a disappointment.

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By Eric W

Feb 02, 2017

Very useful, I love it.

By Cara C

Jan 06, 2019

Wonderful, inspiring.

By Hoang T B N

Apr 21, 2020

It's really helpful.

By Cieara W E

Jun 08, 2020

Very informative

By Alina

Jun 04, 2020

Excellent course

By Esther M

Nov 03, 2016

Good job Brando.

By Florencia P

Oct 16, 2017



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By xiaoqiang

Aug 14, 2016

learned a lot!

By Ismael P M

Apr 14, 2016


By Amruta B

Apr 27, 2020

Great session

By Остапец Д Д

Aug 31, 2018

Thank you :-)

By Julian M

Jul 25, 2017

Lovely class.

By Mary B P

Aug 28, 2016

Great course.


Jun 25, 2016

great course!

By Yunus Ç

Jul 27, 2020

thx for all

By Molly G

Jul 09, 2018


By Patricia R

May 16, 2017


By Lily

Jan 26, 2017

very great

By Daniel C

Dec 15, 2016


By Iris R

Jun 29, 2016

Thank you.

By josé c l h

Jul 21, 2018

A vibrant

By Viktoryia

Mar 29, 2017


By Joey L

Oct 06, 2016

Typically writing courses deal with either the business of writing, or the pretentious art and literature side of writing. Almost nobody deals with the science of writing. Where is the talk on motivational arrows? Character likabilities like being unrelenting? Where is the meta-analysis of good techniques in writing? meta-data is the future of defining the science of writing, but it's not mentioned here even slightly. What about will he/won't he moments? Backstory interacting and being relevant to the plot? What about fish out of water? This course doesn't even touch upon foundational pillars and tenets that make good writing. I couldn't imagine paying for this course, since I've already paid too much with my time. As it stands, I could have taught a better course than this, and maybe some day I'll be so fortunate as to move writing studies in the right direction, towards the truth that older generation teachers are unwilling to accept: that good writing is empirical, and therefore can be learned.

By Lyn S

May 17, 2020

I am ok with everything about this course EXCEPT that I have had to critique pieces written in Spanish and just got my first "my submission" comments in Spanish--my name is not Hispanic and this should not have happened. And although I've tried very hard to be tolerant and supportive, some of the non-English as first language speakers are writing pieces that are barely passable as English. I got the feeling that first-language English speakers were a minority in this and other Creative Writing Block courses I've taken on Coursera.

Lyn Sedwick Shuster,