Character Psychology for Writers Workshop | Raindance Film School


Character Psychology for Writers

$273.41 $246.07

With: Kira-Anne Pelican
Live Online Only via Zoom
Next Date: 4 Mondays Starting Monday 6th September, 19:00 – 21:30 UK time
Price: £195
This course is Live Online Only and will not be recorded

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*10% early bird discount up to one month before course start date



At a glance

• Learn how to develop and analyse your characters using bold new techniques • Discover a completely new set of tools based on the very latest psychological research • Learn from a master of storytelling • Book all four sessions, or choose individual sessions

What is ‘Character Psychology for Writers’?

Think of any film or TV series that you loved and it’s nearly always the main character that stays with you. In this 4-session workshop on Character Psychology for Writers, presenter Kira-Anne Pelican you’ll learn how to create characters that are complex, compelling and memorable using psychological theory and tools.

Character Psychology for Writers in is an essential workshop for any writer who wants to master character psychology and capture their audience’s imagination.

*Take any of these classes individually or book the complete course.

Character Psychology for Writers is a 4-session, interactive character workshop covering all the tools that a writer needs in order to develop memorable and psychologically-credible characters.

Session 1 – Creating Memorable Characters:

Audit your character using tools from personality psychology

  • Learn how to develop a rounded and psychologically-credible character using the Big Five model of personality
  • Develop your character’s nuances using the 30 facets of personality
  • Learn how to use counter-dispositional behaviour to develop further complexity in your character
  • Discover how to make your character memorable
  • Book Creating Memorable Characters on its own for £57.60

Session 2 – Personality through Dialogue

Learn how personality is expressed in dialogue and sub-text

  • Discover what a character’s fluency of speech, sentence structure and use of language tells us about their personality
  • Master the use of simple but highly effective tools to bring your character to life through speech
  • Learn how power, status and intimacy are revealed through dialogue

*Book Revealing Personality through Dialogue on its own for £57.60

Session 3 – Using Tension to Develop your Character’s Transformation

  • Learn how to drive character transformation through tension
  • Discover the relationship between character transformation, tension and theme
  • Understand when, why and how people transform
  • Book Using Tension to Develop your Character’s Transformation on its own for £57.60

Session 4 – Writing Emotionally Compelling Characters

  • Understand why some of the most memorable characters are sympathetic, while others are fascinating
  • Discover how to maximise audience identification with your character
  • Master the art of writing a fascinating character
  • Learn why some emotions are particularly powerful for filmmakers
  • Chart the highs and lows of your character’s emotional journey
  • Find the right ending for your story
  • Book Writing Emotionally Compelling Characters on its own for £57.60

Who Should Attend

The Character Psychology for Writers workshop is for all writers, directors and visual storytellers who want to better understand how to create engaging and believable characters using the latest research from evidence-based psychology. Bring along ideas for the character that you’re currently developing, and leave these sessions with all the tools you’ll need to bring your character to life on the page.

About the tutor

Kira-Anne Pelican is a script consultant, a researcher and a lecturer in screenwriting, with 25 years of experience working in the British, American and Chinese film and TV industries, and author of The Science of Writing Characters: Using Psychology to Create Compelling Fictional Characters.

Kira-Anne began her career assisting director Stanley Kubrick in the production of Eyes Wide Shut (1999). Next followed a stint working within the BBC’s ground-breaking Virtual Studios department, after which she took posts as a Visual Effects Technical Director and then VFX Producer for ESC Entertainment, a Warner Bros company. After assisting in the production of The Matrix Revolutions (2003), The Matrix Reloaded (2003), Catwoman (2004) and The Ladykillers (2004), Kira-Anne retrained in screenwriting at UCLA. She wrote two original TV series which were optioned and developed by the BBC and ITV, before founding her screenplay consultancy in 2006. Since then she has worked with hundreds of writers and producers across the world.

In 2017, Kira-Anne was awarded a PhD for her research into forecasting a film’s box office from its narrative.
Don’t miss this chance to learn from a master.

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