What is it like to study this course and how will I be assessed?
A three session workshop designed for those writers who are looking to develop a memorable protagonist. Good or bad, we all love to be hooked by a great character. A flawed hero or a sympathetic villain - you decide! A class booklet will be produced.
This course is designed for those who enjoy writing and those who have an interest in how 'heroes' are created in literature. We will be discussing what characteristics make a hero, and therefore what makes an anti-hero. How do they appeal to an audience – what is the authorial intention?
Assessment is informal and done through self, peer and tutor feedback. You will create your own hero/anti-hero ready to be developed into a short story.
This is a 3 week course and each session will be designed to make you think about character detail, author intention and reader response. You will create and develop your own character ready to test them in a situation of your own choosing. How will they respond – are they heroic enough? On the other hand, is your intention to challenge your reader by creating a character who is morally questionable? You will produce homework to share with the group in order to extend ideas and develop thought processes.