This workshop will be held on the Friday night of the GenreCon weekend: Friday, 26th February.
Characterisation Through Narration is a practical workshop that takes the art of characterisation one step further than most, detailing how to incorporate your characters seamlessly into your story.
In any discussion on writing craft, there’s always mention of creating believable characters. Any search will uncover lists on what to consider, and whilst helpful in telling us what we need to do, most don’t demonstrate how. How do we write these character traits seamlessly into our story, making each and every character believable to our reader, and dare I say, real? How do we transform our knowledge into practice?
This is where Characterisation Through Narration comes into play. In this workshop, we will explore the narrative modes of fiction—dialogue, exposition, action and description. We will look at developing GMC (goal, motivation, conflict) and begin to incorporate this, along with character appearance, psyche, backstory and more, into the narrative, lending complexity and context to these traits, and in turn, to our characters.
Using narration to impart characterisation provides readers with a greater understanding of each character, whether major or minor, inviting them deeper into their world and mind, making them more 3-dimensional, believable, and real. It creates strong, character-driven stories that capture the hearts and imagination of readers.
Characterisation Through Narration is a must workshop for any writer wanting to take their storytelling ability to the next level.