Creating Character for Screenwriters


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Welcome to our online mini-workshop which will give you all the pointers you’ll need to build a memorable character.


You love the movies. You love the glamour, the action, the excitement, the tears, the laughter, and the sheer thrill of inhabiting alternate worlds. But most of all, you love the characters…

Well, here’s your chance to have fun creating your own larger-than-life character.

Using our pointers and exercises you will be able to build a memorable character – and then we’ll give you feedback.

Your course designers and facilitators

Michéle Rowe is a scriptwriter who has worked primarily as a head writer and story originator for television and film. Projects Michéle has originated, written or directed have been nominated for or won various awards, including an Oscar documentary and an International Emmy nomination. At present she works as a script editor, teaches screenwriting and is completing her third novel for Penguin. She has a Master’s Degree in Creative Writing from the University of Cape Town.

Richard Beynon is a story consultant and an award-winning film and television scriptwriter with a long and accomplished career in the industry. He has written for – or headed the storytelling teams of – many of country’s most popular soaps, dramas and comedies. These include S’gudi snaysi, Going Up, Soul City, Isidingo, Scandal, Rhythm City and Isibaya. A former journalist for the Rand Daily Mailhe has conceived, shaped and written scores of documentaries. He has lectured on writing for film and television at Wits.

With Michéle and Richard’s many decades of professional writing, film industry and teaching experience you’ll be in very capable hands.


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