July 5, 2014 (9am-5pm)

$65 + HST

Taught by seasoned storyteller, Sam Patterson, this 1-day workshop will explore how you can create compelling characters for your screenplays.

The outcome of the seminar will give the participant tools and insights into how to develop characters and character voice when writing a screenplay.

This workshop will take place at The Factory Media Centre on James Street North.

“A story starts with character.”
John Gardner Former Dean, School of Cinema-Television at USC
“Feydeau’s one rule of playwriting… Character A: ‘My life is perfect as long as I don’t see Character B.’ Knock Knock. Enter Character B.”
John Guare American playwright


  • To introduce participants to the tools and techniques to help them in development of fully-rounded and realized characters. ­
  • To give a detailed overview and analysis of how character development can contribute to the success of a script.
  • To aid the participant in developing a workflow/process in creating characters for their scripts and projects.

Learning Outcomes

As a result of taking this seminar the participant will be able to:

  • Have a clear concept of the various aspects involved in creating an engaging character.
  • Have tools and exercises to use as they develop characters for their own projects.
  • Have a greater understanding of character as it relates to dramatic conflict, plot and dialogue.

Topics Covered

  • Aristotle and Character
  • Archetypes/Stock Characters
  • Character Function
  • Naming the character
  • Backstory
  • Physiology
  • Psychology
    • Id, Ego and Super-ego
  • Sociology
  • Visualizing and describing
  • Character Spine
    • Motivation
    • Action
    • Goal
  • Inner Conflict
  • Character Voice
  • Character Relationships/Mapping
  • Unity of Opposites
  • Character Arc and Change
  • The Bechdel Test
“The writer’s characters must stand before us with a wonderful clarity, such continuous clarity that nothing they do strikes us as improbable behavior for just that character, even when the character’s action is, as sometimes happens, something that came as a surprise to the writer himself. We must understand, and the writer before us must understand, more than we know about the character; otherwise neither the writer nor the reader after him could feel confident of the character’s behavior when the character acts freely.”
John Gardner Author, The Art of Fiction: Notes on Craft for Young Writers


ScriptCamp: Creating Compelling Characters

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