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Populating a Story: Creating Dynamic Characters (12-16)

Using a character questionnaire as a guideline, we will create an interesting character and learn how character affects plot when writing a story.
Annie Downer, MFA
102 total reviews for this teacher
8 reviews for this class
Completed by 32 learners
55 minutes
per class
Meets once
year olds
learners per class
per learner

How does a "One-Time" class work?

Meets once at a scheduled time
Live video chat, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
Great for exploring new interests and different styles of teachers

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Available Times


Fri, Dec 2

Meet once (1 day)
2:00 – 2:55 PM

Wed, Dec 7

Meet once (1 day)
2:00 – 2:55 PM
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Class Experience

Students will learn about what a character is and how characters affect stories. They will know how to utilize a character questionnaire for coming up with story ideas, creating new characters, or fleshing out character ideas they already have.
In all my creative writing classes, the main goal is for students to learn confidence in their own writing and to enjoy writing creatively.
I have been writing stories since I was four, including group stories with friends. I have an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults and have taught creative writing at the middle school level. I maintain involvement in the writing community through critique groups, writers’ forums, conferences, etc. I love giving students opportunities to practice, explore, and learn creative writing.
Homework is optional, but after class, students are encouraged to write a story with the character we created or with a new character. Students may share their stories with the instructor or with the class. Either way, students should save their stories for a future writing class, to share with family and friends, or just to read to themselves.
Students may want paper and a writing utensil to jot down notes. After class, our character notes as well as a blank character questionnaire will be available so students may use what they learned for future projects.
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
55 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 0 - 1 hours per week outside of class.
I will guide discussion to make sure it is age appropriate. I will ask students for their favorite characters or to mention well-known characters. Land of Stories, Wings of Fire, and Percy Jackson are often mentioned. 

I will ask students what challenges our character might face. At this age range, those challenges are often in the form of disagreements between friends, natural disasters, villages attacked by dragons, etc. Sometimes war, death of family members, peer pressure, etc. is mentioned.

Please contact me with any concerns before class (such as if your family prefers not to use examples from fantasy stories).


Annie Downer, MFACreative Writer and Grammar Lover, former Adjunct English Professor
102 total reviews
145 completed classes

About Me

I have been writing stories since I was four years old and have pursued writing as a career since the age of twelve. I hold a BA in Digital Writing and an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults. My in-person teaching experience includes... 
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