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Create Compelling Characters

Learn to craft characters your readers can fall in love with. This course is especially for genre novelists.

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Our job as novelists is to create characters that our readers love.

Or love to hate. Or want to be. Or want to jump into bed with.

Our characters need to feel real, engaging, and compelling, not just our main characters, but also our secondary characters and villains.

But how to actually do that?

In this course, we’ll cover how and go over some tools:

  • * What is the characters' GMC (Goal, Motivation, and Conflict, from Deb Dixon)
  • * How to draft a useful backstory
  • * How to tap into the emotional range
  • * What is their appearance and how does that affect them
  • * General backstory and their turning point story
  • * Using telling objects
  • * What are their important relationships
  • * How does their environment affect them

And we’ll go beyond the standard tools to cover:

  • * Identity/belief shifts
  • * Examine world building as it relates to the character
  • * Excavate your characters’ archetype and function in the story

You’ll come away from this course with detailed character sketches for your stories.

A great course to take to prepare building your next novel or novella.

Especially for genre novelists.

Many of the lessons have video, audio, and handouts.


"I love the deep dive into the past of the character starting with something that might have happened in their history that has shaped their core beliefs and thus their behaviors. That’s something I didn’t even imagine before taking the workshop."

- Carol Malone, Novelist

Your Instructor


Beth Barany
Beth Barany

Beth Barany is an award-winning novelist and a creativity coach and teacher for writers and helps authors create successful and sustainable careers. Beth is the award-winning novelist of the young adult epic fantasy, Henrietta The Dragon Slayer, the first of a three-book series.

Her latest book for authors is Plan Your Novel Like A Pro: And Have Fun Doing It, based on her popular course of the same name. She's also the author of Twitter for Authors: Social Media Book Marketing Strategies for Shy Writers, The Writer's Adventure Guide: 12 Stages to Writing Your Book and Overcome Writer's Block.

As a Master NLP Practitioner, Certified Creativity Coach, and experienced speaker and teacher, Beth Barany has helped authors get their books written, edited and published for over 20 years, as well as guided them in effectively marketing and selling their work. Sign up for her newsletter and receive her free Writer Discovery Mini-Course at her blog for writers, Writer's Fun Zone.

Beth Barany lives in Oakland, California, with her husband, Ezra Barany, the bestselling thriller author of The Torah Codes, their cats, and over 1,000 books.


Course Curriculum


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  Course Workbook
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  The Things They Carry
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  Your Character's Inner Life
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  World Building and Your Character
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Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After purchase, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.

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