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Lesson three is about characterization. Students learn the tips and tricks that make a well rounded character. Through brainstorming exercises, mock interviews, and character autobiographies, students develop their main character's life experience and personality. Then after they've nailed down their protagonist, students explore how supporting characters complement and challenge the protagonist. Finally, students learn about the ways in which characters grow and change throughout a story.
This workshop is part of a multi-installment series on creative writing, but it can also stand alone. The writing exercises do assume that the students already have some idea of the story they wish to write. The idea doesn't have to be well developed, since the writing exercises are designed to help them develop it further. That said, if students need help coming up with something, I recommend the preceding unit Freewriting and Idea Generation
Teaching time depends on the amount of time allotted to writing exercises but will probably range between 90 minutes to 2 hours. Some knowledge of Harry Potter is helpful, as several examples are pulled from that world.
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1) Introduction to Storytelling (Free download)
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