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Craft of Fiction: Characterization

Learn how to create complex, compelling characters

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In this mini course, you will learn how to create complex characters whose motivations drive your story.

Every great story is character-driven. What do your characters want, and why do they make the choices they make? How do characters become alive to the reader?

The mini course includes video and written lectures, writing exercises to help you practice what you've learned and deepen your understanding of the material, suggestions for further reading, and a discussion forum to ask questions and post comments.

About the Fiction Mini Courses

Mini courses help you learn the fundamental elements of narrative craft, one subject at a time. These courses are adapted from my comprehensive Fundamentals of Fiction course. You can take one mini-course at a time, or enroll in Fundamentals of Fiction to receive all of the courses at once.

Enrollment Deadline: The current enrollment period closes on December 29th, 2018.


"A lot of good info for a short course. It wasn't watered down. I am becoming a fan of Michelle."

~Niquita, November, 2018

"Easy access, not time limited, I didn't have to work out time zones form the UK! I found it very user-friendly - I like being able to roam about, backwards and forwards. I like the fact that it is in bite-sized chunks, too."

- Hillary, December 2018

Frequently Asked Questions


How long do I have access to the course?
You will have unlimited access to this course for six months after the purchase date.
Is this a workshop course?
No, this course is not a workshop. Although you will not be submitting your assignments for critique by the instructor, you will be interacting with the instructor in the discussion forums.
Do you offer refunds?
Yes, if you are unhappy with the course for any reason, just let me know within 30 days of purchase, and you will receive a full refund.

Your Instructor


Michelle Richmond
Michelle Richmond

Michelle Richmond is the New York Times bestselling author of five novels and two award-winning story collections. Her books have been published in 30 languages. She has taught in the MFA programs in creative writing at the University of San Francisco, California College of the Arts, St. Mary's College of Moraga, Bowling Green State University, and Notre Dame de Namur University, where she held the Catherine Julie Cunningham Chair. She has also taught novel writing online for Stanford Continuing Studies. She earned an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Miami, where she was a James Michener Fellow. She is the founder and publisher of Fiction Attic Press.


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