Character and Conflict

WRITING X 462.3

Learn how richly drawn characters are the key to fostering compelling conflict in this reading- and exercise-based workshop.

READ MORE ABOUT THIS COURSE
Remote Instruction
Starting at $695.00
As few as 10 weeks
3.0

What you can learn.

  • Develop unique and interesting characters whose traits trigger conflict in your work
  • Explore how successful writers craft characters by studying published works
  • Build rich inner and outer lives that make your characters realistic and relatable
  • Learn how conflict in your work is intrinsically linked to who your characters are

About this course:

One of the most misunderstood concepts in the craft of fiction writing is the relationship between character and conflict. A story can involve a complex character with fascinating thoughts, ideas, and interests, but without a conflict that motivates the character to act, the ensuing story will be stagnant and flat. In this class, we explore, through our own writing and through published work, how to create richly imagined characters and how to challenge them with conflicts that threaten their hidden, most deeply held desires, forcing them to act in ways that change the world around them. Each week, we read sample fiction to identify craft tools that help us determine and convey the flaws in our characters, flaws that then help us pick a conflicted situation to push our characters into action. Weekly writing exercises put theory into practice and help you discover what works (and doesn't) in your own writing practice.

Fall 2021 Schedule

Date & Time
Details
Format
 
-
Wednesday 7:00PM - 10:00PM PT
Available
See Details
Instructor: Aatif Rashid
382617
Fee:
$695.00
Remote Instructionformat icon
Location: Online
ENROLL BY: Sep 29, 2021
See Details
Notes

Enrollment limited to 15 students. Internet access required.

This course uses remote instruction. As such, instructors use Zoom to offer live class meetings at the designated class meeting time. Students must be present at course meeting times as each student’s final grade may include scores for participation.

Please inform your instructor if you will miss a class meeting. You are responsible for any class information you missed. We suggest you arrange with a fellow classmate to share their notes when feasible.

 

 

Refund Deadline
No refunds after October 13, 2021
Course Requirements
Internet access required to retrieve course materials.
Schedule
Type
Date
Time
Location
Discussion
Wed Sep 29, 2021
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
Online
Discussion
Wed Oct 6, 2021
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
Online
Discussion
Wed Oct 13, 2021
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
Online
Discussion
Wed Oct 20, 2021
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
Online
Discussion
Wed Oct 27, 2021
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
Online
Discussion
Wed Nov 3, 2021
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
Online
Discussion
Wed Nov 10, 2021
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
Online
Discussion
Wed Nov 17, 2021
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
Online
Discussion
Wed Nov 24, 2021
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
Online
Discussion
Wed Dec 1, 2021
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
Online

Contact Us

Speak to a program representative. Hours: Mon-Fri, 8am-5pm.

This course applies towards the following certificates & specializations…

Keep up to date on the latest news and offerings in Creative Writing

vector icon of building

Corporate Education

Learn how we can help your organization meet its professional development goals and corporate training needs.

Learn More

vector icon of building

Donate to UCLA Extension

Support our many efforts to reach communities in need.

Innovation Programs

Student Scholarships

Coding Boot Camp

Lifelong Learning