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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.


Sep 26, 2020

The course was very well-structured and challenging. The instructor is very experienced and good, thus used relevant materials for this course, be it the guests, or the assignments, or the examples.

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By Heather F R

Aug 13, 2016

Excellent course. Looking forward to starting the next one.

By Marianna M

Mar 26, 2016

One of the better and most in-depth courses in this field.

By Leo J R

Oct 29, 2018

Nicely done Weslyan! Well paced, interesting assignments.

By Cora B

Apr 02, 2016

Enjoyed building my characters as the course progressed.

By Sebastián V

Nov 03, 2019

Thanks! I liked so much. The exercises were awesome!

By Hana H

Dec 22, 2018

Very good course for everyone interested in writing

By Aniketh B

May 29, 2020

Loved the Course. Thank you for all the resources.

By Debashish S

Sep 10, 2020

It is an exceptionally awesome course. Loved it!

By Srinivas R

Jun 26, 2017

Helped me build and develop exciting characters.

By Hilal I

Nov 05, 2017

amy bloom, thank you, thank you, thank you 🙏

By Claudia M

Jun 28, 2018

I loved the course and the Professor Hosting

By Judy W W J

Nov 27, 2018

Great course that exceeded my expectations.

By Denise F

Aug 07, 2018

Learned a lot! Love Amy Bloom's teaching.

By Ajay C

Nov 16, 2017

Very interesting lectures and assignments.

By Cecilia F

Nov 06, 2017

Extremely interesting and valuable course!


Aug 10, 2020

Great course to develop your characters.

By Susan W

Nov 22, 2016

What a pleasure to learn from Amy Bloom!

By Arturo N R

Jul 24, 2016

Great inspirtation for practice writing

By Sahara Z F

Aug 03, 2020

A very good introduction to character.

By Marie-Hélène F

Feb 23, 2016

Amazing course! Thank you so much!!!!!

By Chris B

Jun 09, 2016

Excellent course. Great assignments.

By Jocelyn Q C

Apr 18, 2016

Excellent, well-prepared professors!

By Andrea

May 05, 2020

A great addition to writing skills.

By Ana C O G

Apr 22, 2018

Absolutely loved it. Thank you Amy!

By Dee M

Apr 11, 2016

Wonderful. Really helpful course.