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Writing interesting characters for 13-17 year olds

How to create your own characters

In this course with Cara Marks, you'll learn all about what makes characters interesting and realistic. By the end of the course, you'll have created a character profile for an interesting character which you can use in your own stories.

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Your Instructor


Cara Marks
Cara Marks

Cara Marks is a writer, editor and educator. She earned her MA in Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia, and is currently studying at Queen’s University Belfast for her creative-critical PhD on Food, Literature and Empathy. Her fiction has been long-listed for the 2019 Carter V. Cooper Short Fiction Competition, the 2017 Australian Book Review’s Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize, and the 2016 Mogford Food and Drink Writing Prize. Her work has also appeared in the Commonwealth Writers’ literary journal adda, and elsewhere. She teaches creative writing workshops, lessons and courses for adults and young people.


Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
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