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Developing Characters in Fiction and Dialogue Writing


Character Development in Fiction and Dialogue Writing
In this 4-day workshop, Fatima aims to cover the fundamentals of developing characters in fiction and dialogue writing. The participants will be exposed to various issues regarding the techniques and art of character building using various literary tools.
Day 1:
- Definition: what is the character in a story?
- Types of characters.
- The importance of the characters in building the story.
- How to determine characters and their specifications.
- The workshop will involve many exercises and discussions.
Day 2:
- The creation of story characters based on the age groups.
- Who is the main character?
- Who is the enemy?
- Who are the secondary characters?
- Introducing characters in the context: Narrative of dialogue?
- The workshop will involve many exercises and discussions.
Day 3:
- Building and developing the characters.
- The secrets for enriching the characters.
- Effective dialogue.
- The characters and the suspense in the story.
- Evaluation of characters in different stories (Discussion).
- The workshop will involve many exercises and discussions.

Day 4:
- Participants will develop a short story with characters they have developed in previous exercises.
- Presenting the stories.
- Assessment.

Workshop Level: Beginner

Dates & Location

Wednesday 13th - 15th November, 2019

1 day; 4 hrs / day

Knowledge Tower - Floor 11 - Meeting Room



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Fatima Sharafeddine

Fatima SharafeddineThe writer, born in 1966 in Beirut, Lebanon, collected several awards and honors, and spent the first six years of her childhood in…