Sep 07 2024


10:30 am - 12:30 pm



The Art of Character: Crafting Living, Breathing Figures for Novels, Screenplays, and More

Whether writing a novel, a screenplay, a short story, and more, memorable characters are the heart and soul that make up the moments that drive every great story. In this immersive class dive deep into the art of character creation and development with five-time published novelist and New York IFF International Screenwriters Competition quarter-finalist Eugene “the author” Ward as you’ll learn the skills that will empower you to breathe life into your scripts with characters that resonate, captivate, and linger in the minds of audiences long after the credits role.

Led by an experienced screenwriter and storyteller, this course will take participants on a journey through the nuanced art of character building, exploring techniques that will infuse depth, complexity, and authenticity into every character you create. From heroes to villains, supporting roles to ensemble casts, we’ll delve deep into the psychology, motivations, and continuing arcs that drive compelling characters that will hold a place in the hearts, minds, anddiscussions of readers and viewers in a manner that will captivate, endear, and leap off of the page and onto the screen.

Through a combination of interactive discussions and hands-on exercises, attendees will learn how to:

– Develop multi-dimensional characters with distinct personalities, backgrounds, and voices.

– Explore the complexities of human behavior, emotions, and relationships to create characters that feel real and relatable.

– Craft character-driven narratives that drive the plot forward and resonate with audiences on a visceral level.

– Infuse depth and nuance into character arcs, exploring transformation, conflict, and growth over the course of the story.

– Harness the power of symbolism, imagery, and subtext to enrich characterizations and add layers of meaning to their scripts.

Whether you’re a seasoned screenwriter looking to elevate your storytelling to new heights or a budding writer eager to master the art of character creation, this class offers a supportive and inspiring environment to unleash your creative potential and breathe life into your screenplays.

About Eugene the Author

Eugene Ward, widely known as Eugene the Author, is a seasoned writer whose literary journey spans over two decades. With a diverse repertoire that includes novels spanning multiple genres and compelling screenplays, Eugene has established himself as a versatile storyteller with a knack for captivating audiences across mediums.

Eugene’s literary universe is as expansive as it is immersive. His novels, available on Amazon in both Kindle and paperback formats, showcase his mastery in weaving intricate narratives that resonate with readers of all ages. From the enchanting fantasy adventure of “Nora and theEternal Waterwheel” and its sequel “Nora and the Realm of Whispers,” to the gripping cosmic horror and romance of “Comfort and Joy in the Abyss,” Eugene effortlessly traverses genres, delivering spellbinding tales that leave a lasting impression.

In “Comfort, and Joy in the Abyss,” Eugene delves into the realms of mystery and romance, entwining cosmic horrors with the complexities of human emotion. Meanwhile, “Tribus Dulce” explores the tumultuous journey of young adulthood through the lens of a superhero drama, offering a fresh perspective on the genre. And in “Blue Butterfly: Noire,” Eugene ventures into the realm of suspense and thriller, delivering a riveting narrative that keeps readers on the edge of their seats.

Eugene’s foray into screenwriting has been equally remarkable. His neo-noir screenplay, “The Mura Effect,” garnered acclaim by reaching the quarter-finals in IFF’s New York International Screenwriting Competition, showcasing his talent for crafting compelling stories for the screen. As an artist, Eugene Ward is driven by a profound belief in the transformative power of storytelling. He approaches his craft with unwavering commitment to authenticity of character and integrity of narrative, guided by the mantra “in all things, strive to do no harm, and always seek to elevate and grow.” His narratives not only entertain but also resonate deeply, addressing poignant themes such as bullying, self-doubt, family dynamics, mental health, and more.

Eugene Ward’s stories are a testament to the dual nature of storytelling—to entertain and to grow, to heal rather than to harm. With each tale he pens, Eugene endeavors to leave a profound impact on his readers, offering narratives that linger in the mind long after the final page is turned.

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