This 2 hr workshop uses a simple personality profiling system to teach writers how to generate characters with depth. A good writer has to learn how to write people who aren't just them wearing different clothing. Which means you need to get inside the character right from birth. People are born with some personality traits. You need to understand them, and then layer on external influences that modify the basic traits. Learn how to balance your characters with others in your story, so every reader will find at least one character to identify with. Understand the strengths and weaknesses of each personality type - and how to use those to drive character conflicts and decisions in response to plot events. Understand how personality types are influenced by cultural, societal and familial backgrounds. Above all, learn how to create characters that behave consistently.
Writing Fight Scenes for Women
Women and men are equal, but different. In this age of 'kick-ass' women and 'strong' women in genre fiction, writers need to understand those differences in order to write realistic female characters. This 2 hour workshop aims to help writers understand the physiological and psychological differences in how women and men get into arguments/fights, how they behave during altercations, and how they feel about them afterwards. In addition, it covers key points on how women fight, physically, - and the way those differs to how men fight. Suitable for writing characters who are either untrained in martial arts, or who are trained. Learn the small, vital details that will make your fight scene immersive and realistic to your readers.
NOTE: This workshop can also be done in a 3 hour format to allow for writing exercises.
MASTERCLASS The Masterclass goes into more detail, and also work with authors to step through fight scenes and physically block out how positioning, fighting techniques and settings will work in their own fight scene, from their own work in progress. Students also get to critique 3 scenes - time permitting. 3 Hours
Workshops given in person, only. For details contact Aiki through the Contact Details page.
Aiki has trained in martial arts for 18 years, with crosstraining in knife-throwing and archery. She has also taught personality-profiling workshops in corporate environments for 8 years