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Writing Great Characters for Film and TV

What do David Rose, Arabella Essiedu, Katniss Everdeen, Michonne, and Michael Corleone all have in common? They are all great characters. Whether you are a screenwriter or television writer, the ability to create compelling, unforgettable characters is key. Ultimately, it is the recognizable yet surprising and unique character that draws in script readers, producers and audience members. Through a combination of in-class exercises, lectures, television/movie watching, and writing assignments, learn how to create detailed, compelling characters.

This course may be used to fulfill the requirements of the Certificate in Writing and Producing for Film and Television. It may be taken to pursue the certificate, or as a standalone course. Questions? Contact us at The Center for Publishing and Applied Liberal Arts: Email sps.pala.ce@nyu.edu or call 212-998-7289.

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You'll Walk Away with

  • The ability to create detailed, compelling characters
  • An understanding of how characters draw in script readers, producers, and audience members, and lead them forward through a story

Ideal for

  • Aspiring film and TV writers of all levels
  • Students with a love for TV and film, and an interest in the business

1 section

  • Summer 2024

    • Section

    • Semester

      Summer 2024
    • Date

      Jun 17 - Aug 9
    • Day

    • Time

      • Online
    • Format

      • Online
    • Sessions

    • Faculty

      Fischer, Lori
    • Location