January 27, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. GMT

Location: Zoom

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Everyone tells you that character is the foundation of storytelling, but what does that mean for how you build your characters? What do you do if it’s not people that excite your creativity but ideas? What if you’ve no idea what your idea might be?

In this practical workshop we’ll think about how characters can show you what your themes are, and conversely how you might create characters who embody those themes. We’ll explore what that means for characterisation from the page-by-page scale to the arc of your novel, and try our hands with some short exercises; you should leave with a new understanding of what makes storytelling tick.

Guest tutor:

Author and writing coach Emma Darwin


Thursday January 27, 2021


6.00 – 8.00 pm GMT


Zoom Platform



Author and Writing Tutor

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Book on to our first three craft tutorials of the year by January 27 and receive a 15% discount.

January 27 – Characters and Themes

February 24 – Plot and Structure

March 31 – Voice and Prose

These three sessions with author and writing teacher Emma Darwin are designed to teach you the core elements of the craft of writing fiction.

If you’re starting on a new novel or re-drafting an old one, this series will be invaluable.


Assistance to writers on low incomes and/or from communities under represented in publishing

We are offering a free place on each of our online tutorials and Q & A sessions for UK based writers on low incomes and/or from under represented communities in publishing.

Writers may apply for a free place on one of the sessions by contacting BPA with a short bio and a summary of their writing career to date.

Please click here to Contact BPA with your application and in the case of writers on low incomes, proof of financial eligibility such as: Jobseeker’s Allowance; Disability Benefit; Income Support; Working Tax Credit; Child Tax Credit; Proof of being a full-time student; Housing benefit; Proof of being a full-time carer.

All details will be kept confidential. Decisions on who receives the free places rest with the BPA team not the tutors.

Other online events you maybe interested in

Revising & Editing, November 28, 2024

Turning Research into Storytelling – October 24, 2024

Psychic Distance – September 19, 2024

Voice & Prose – May 16, 2024

Casting your Characters – April 18, 2024

Structure & Narrative Drive – March 14, 2024