Create characters who are original, real and memorable, right down to that bit of dried cheese sauce on their trousers and their fear of flip-flops.

Struggling to make your fictional characters feel realistic? Find yourself falling back on tropes and stereotypes, or hashing out two-dimensional cardboard cutout figures instead of living, breathing people?

Prepare your loins to CREATE LIFE! 


Learn how to craft unique, intriguing characters who have their very own agenda, opinions, phobias and dreams. Try out a bunch of different approaches to characterisation and get down and dirty with the psychology of your fictional peeps.


Find out A WHOLE LOT about your characters' motivations, and work out how they might react in any given situation. Write backstories and memories and find out how to thwart your poor protagonist's desires at every turn to up the stakes and layer your story with conflict.


  • A series of writing exercises to develop and realify your characters
  • Work out what your character wants most of all (and why they can't have it)
  • Trace character arcs to discover the psychological impetus behind their actions
  • Learn exciting alternatives to character sheets and bland physical description
  • Explore your characters' backstory and find out why they act/react they way they do
  • Discover how to be an absolute bastard to your characters in order to make them sympathetic and relatable
  • Join our LOVELY online community of WHQers and discuss your characters in our private Facebook group

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Making People: Characterisation Masterclass

    • Welcome!

    • What do they want and why can't they have it?

    • The many arcs of Charlie Baxter

    • What you do is more important than what you are

    • History and also herstory

    • Increments of bastardy