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People Watching: Exploring Characterisation

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This course uses people as its inspiration, from the people we’ve known, the people we’ve seen, the people we’ve overheard and the people we’ve imagined.

Each class will explore a different aspect of characterisation and will look at how to grow memoir and fiction from the people of our lives. Via a variety of writing exercises and suggestions, you will amass a portfolio of original works built around luminous, three-dimensional and unforgettable characters.

The teaching style will ensure a warm, supportive and stimulating environment for writers of all experiences.

Reading suggestions

The course tutor will suggest titles, as appropriate.

Library and computing facilities

As a student on this course you are entitled to join and use the University’s library and computing facilities. Find out more about using these facilities.


Our aim is access for all. We aim to provide a confidential advice and support service for any student with a long term medical condition, disability or specific learning difficulty. We are able to offer one-to-one advice about disability, pre-enrolment visits, liaison with tutors and co-ordinating lecturers, material in alternative formats, arrangements for accessible courses, assessment arrangements, loan equipment and dyslexia screening.