Write Dramatic Character Relationships
Design profound relationships between characters that heighten the drama and further define each person. Learn to craft all of your characters so that they play off of one another, fleshing out the story and themes.
Properly designing characters means not thinking of each in isolation. Every character comes alive for a reader or viewer not simply by what we see that character say and do, but also by what the characters around her say and do. It is relational.
Your task as a writer is not only to bring people to life; it is to put them into an exciting story. This means that you need to be very strategic when choosing character traits. You want similarities and differences. You want to select attributes that create the potential for conflict. Failure to do so results in disconnects between the characters and a far less thoughtful story.
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Students have course access for 365 days. All worksheets and notes are downloadable.
This workshop includes class notes so you can follow along with the video lectures and worksheets to help you design your characters’ relationships
What People Are Saying
“I love Barbara Vance’s classes. this is the second one I have been completed and I wish I could have her here at home with me, supporting me through my first idea of a novel. She has a very unique way of explaining and it resonates with me very much. Her examples are so very helpful. And I am looking forward to completing all the class projects. Thank you, Barbara.”
“This class was tremendously helpful! I have just started on the second draft of my manuscript. Even though I have a good sense of who my characters are at this point, one of my goals, as I revise, is to really differentiate the protagonist’s friends and develop their relationships with him and each other. This class gave me great, actionable advice on how to do that! I will definitely be taking more courses by this instructor.”
“Your classes are a gift! Since I found the first one I just knew I needed to watch all the others. Once again you taught me with such clarity and consistency, things I hardly find anywhere. You helped me to see writing through new lenses. Thank you very much.”
“I loved this class like I usually do for Barbara’s classes. I’ve watched all of them.”
“Really great class! Helped me gain a lot of clarity about my characters and supporting characters to enhance the story. Thank you! Can’t wait to watch the other ones.”
“The questions to help understand how supporting characters relate to the protagonist were really helpful, as is the worksheet provided. I recommend it for All Levels.”
“Fourth class I’ve watched and I have to say I enjoy her candor. The examples paint an informative and clear picture. I can’t wait to evolve!”
“Excellent course! Though I would VERY much recommend taking the Character profile course first, it’s not entirely necessary but you’ll get so much more value out of this class if you’re at least familiar with the key concepts”
“I found this class extremely helpful. This, together with the character profile class is everything I needed. She gives some really great examples as well.”
“Excellent class! Very helpful tips and examples, lots to think about. Thank you.”
“Enjoy the excitement and energy Barbara has for literature. Bravo”
“This course will put you in the right mindset for writing your own novel.”
“Another great class from Ms. Vance!!”
“As before, there are a lot of good ideas. I have a lot to think about..”
Barbara Vance, PhD
I am a writer and instructor who has been blessed to help thousands of writers bring their stories to life.
My degrees include a B.A. in literature, an MA in Literature and Creative Writing, and a PhD in storytelling and media. Prior to launching my own company, I taught writing and storytelling at a tier-one university.
Over the past sixteen years I have developed a widely acclaimed collection of courses designed to help writers develop their stories, stay on track, and finish what they start . . . even while juggling busy careers and a family.
I am also the author of a multi-award-winning poetry collection, and my poems are licensed for use in anthologies and curricula around the world.
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