Online Psychology of Character for Writers (for Parents / Guardians of Kids with Additional Needs, Sep20)
A mixture of video teaching, set tasks and for those who wish to, interaction with peers, will help you to develop intriguing and authentic characters in your fiction using psychological theory. The workshop is suitable for all levels of writer as the focus is a deeper understanding of character. You will get the most out of the course if you have a specific character to develop. Tasks focus on planning rather than creating new prose.
A warm, welcoming and interactive space will provide you with all the materials to complete this course virtually in any length of time from one whole day up to two weeks in chunks. I will be available each day to respond with feedback or to answer questions.
Attachment theory and coping timelines
Human beliefs, assumptions, interpretations using Cognitive Behaviour Therapy framework
What lies beneath - Psychodynamic theory
Change and growth
Each topic will be accompanied by a video, a written summary of the video content and typed tasks to complete to aid your planning and development of character. You can download the resources to use again once the course is complete.
Dr Stephanie Hutton is a writer and practising consultant clinical psychologist in the NHS, with a teaching qualification in higher and professional education. She has published short fiction, poetry and non-fiction (see stephaniehutton.com). In 2017/18, Stephanie was shortlisted for the Bridport Prize, Bristol Short Story Prize, Bath Novella in Flash Award, and was a finalist in Aesthetica Creative Writing Award. Her debut novella Three Sisters of Stone was published by Ellipsis and won the novella category in the Saboteur Awards 2019. She is completing edits on her first novel represented by Sheila Crowley at Curtis Brown.