Writers Workshop - Heroes and Villains
This course is for people aged 19 or over
Faculty of Professional and Adult Learning
Level Location Start Date End Date Day Time Fee Reduced Ask Apply
Leisure The Mint Methodist Church 30/04/19 14/05/19 Tuesday 12:30 - 14:30 £44 £18

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.


What topics will I study?

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.

What are the entry requirements?

An interest in writing and also in how character works.

What facilities are there?

Learners will be given a college ID badge and have access to all college facilities, including learning centres and computers. 

What can the course lead on to?

Check the college website for further details on other short courses available, or consider longer 10 week courses.

Are there any additional costs?


It is important that you apply and pay for your course at least one week before the course starts to ensure that you will have access to all the facilities and resources in your first week.
Please be aware that there are no car parking facilities at Exeter College city centre sites, but public car parks are available across the city.

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