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RWA OWL: Characterisation Through Narration

This is a practical workshop that takes the art of characterisation one step further than most, detailing how to incorporate your characters seamlessly into your story. 

In any discussion on writing craft, there’s always mention of creating believable characters. Any search will uncover lists on what to consider – physical attributes, backstory, archetypes, star and sun signs, relationships, pets, interests, beliefs and of course the biggie, GMC, or goal, motivation, conflict. 

The lists are endless, and whilst helpful in telling us what we need to do, most don’t demonstrate how.

How do we write these character traits seamlessly into our story, making each and every character believable to our reader, and dare I say, real? How do we transform our knowledge into practice? 

This is where ‘Characterisation through Narration’ comes into play. In this workshop, we will explore the narrative modes of fiction – dialogue, exposition, action and description – and their use in incorporating our character traits naturally and seamlessly into our story. We will look at developing GMC and begin to incorporate this, along with character appearance, psyche, backstory and more, into the narrative, lending complexity and context to these traits, and in turn, to our characters.
Using narration to impart characterisation provides readers with a greater understanding of each character, whether major or minor, inviting them deeper into their world and mind, making them more 3-dimensional, believable and real. 

This is a must workshop for any writer wanting to take their writing to the next level.

During the four weeks, lesson material will be disseminated once a week in the form of a downloadable PDF. Discussion, feedback and evaluation of homework will be via the Moodle forum. If participants are keen, the presenter will also consider holding a live, hour long, chat session through Moodle one evening each week, for a general question-time/discussion/brainstorming session. 

It is recommended that participants allow a minimum of 3 to 4 hours per week to complete the course. 

Pre-course preparation 

It helps if participants have a current manuscript to work with and an idea which characters they would like to focus on. 

Prerequisites/prior knowledge

It will help if the participants have basic knowledge of GMC, but this is not crucial.

Presenters Bio

Michelle Somers is an award-winning romantic suspense author. She’s a professional killer and matchmaker, a storyteller and a romantic. Words are her power and her passion. Her heroes and heroines always get their happy ever after, but she'll put them through one hell of a journey to get there. 

Michelle is treasurer of the Melbourne Romance Writers Guild, a member of Romance Writers of Australia and America, as well as Sisters in Crime and RWA America’s Kiss of Death chapter. 

Her debut novel Lethal in Love won both the Valerie Parv Award and Romance Writers of America’s Indiana Golden Opportunities Award before publication in July 2015. In 2016 it won RWA’s Romantic Book of the Year Award for long romance. The sequel, Murder Most Unusual was released in 2017 as both ebook and paperback. 

Michelle loves sharing her knowledge with others. As part of this process, the first instalment in her non-fiction Simply Writing Series, Simply Synopsis, was born. Her vision? To demystify the process of synopsis creation.

Michelle lives in Melbourne, Australia, with her real life hero and three little heroes in the making. And Emerald, a black furry feline who thinks she’s a dog.

Visit to find out more about Michelle and her books. 


Course Dates: 7th October to 3rd November 2019

Cost: RWA-Member – $55.00 Non RWA-Member – $88.00
* Please note, there is a $0.50 Trybooking fee at checkout.

Venue: Online - RWA Moodle Platform
(Course attendees will be notified of access/login details via email from the OWL Registrar a few days prior to the start date of the course)

RWA OWL Courses
PO Box Q740
Queen Victoria Building
NSW 1230
Contact Details:
Tania Lee
OWL Registrar