Session 1: Introductions: Troubling the Bubble
Examining traits that are often associated with particular character types, and other internalised ideas from fiction. Troubling our subjective bubbles and assumed identity positions of heroes and the ‘everyman’.
Session 2: Circumventing Stereotypes
Tackling conscious and unconscious biases to avoid stereotypical characterisation. Marginalisation of ‘the other’, from sidekicks and fetishised love interests to cartoon antagonists.
Session 3: Gender Stereotypes: Upending the White Straight Male Canon
Manic pixie dream girls and strong silent cowboys: how have ideas of gender shaped genre? Creating characters with agency and introspection, considering energetic vs. passive participants in plot.
Session 4: Sex and Dialogue
Biases, cisgender privilege and considering our perceptions around sex and sexuality. Is it possible to write sex well? Exploring dialogue: vernacular, slang, jargon and Bad Sex writing exercises.
Session 5: Worldbuilding / History as Subjective
How can we interrogate the reproduction of dominant narratives in fiction? Engaging with presiding ideologies and subjugated perspectives through the lense of genre fiction – from sci-fi to historical – in order to build complex and textured story worlds.
Session 6: Deep Diving into Character
More than villains, saints and perpetual victimhood: how do we write characters who stray from dominant archetypes? Extended character-building exercises and concluding thoughts.
For ages 18+
This course takes place from 7pm – 9pm on the following dates:
Wed 24 Apr: Sunley Pavilion, Level 3, Green Side, Royal Festival Hall
Wed 8 May: Sunley Pavilion, Level 3, Green Side, Royal Festival Hall
Wed 22 May: Sunley Pavilion, Level 3, Green Side, Royal Festival Hall
Wed 5 Jun: Foyle Pavilion, Level 3, Blue Side, Royal Festival Hall
Wed 19 Jun: Sunley Pavilion, Level 3, Green Side, Royal Festival Hall
Wed 3 Jul: Foyle Pavilion, Level 3, Blue Side, Royal Festival Hall
All six sessions are included in this ticket. We strongly recommend that participants make sure they are available for all six sessions of the course, but at a minimum attend four.
By purchasing a ticket you agree to be contacted by Southbank Centre on email in relation to this course.
Please bring a notebook and something to write with.
Please note, the deadline for bursary applications has passed.
All sessions in this course are British Sign Language interpreted (BSL).