The Psychology of Character Transformation
Create believable story arcs to wow your readers.
To create engaging stories, you need to create characters who go through a transformation, however dramatic or subtle. A distant, unaffectionate father gives a glimpse of his hidden warmth. A party animal reforms to sensible and sober. But how do you create a character arc that feels authentic to the reader? In this class, we explore psychological models behind human behaviors, personalities, life stages, and relationship dynamics. Insight from these models offers deeper layers and nuances to our characters, allowing them to transform in convincing ways. This class is open to both fiction and nonfiction writers. Join us as we learn the psychology behind a believable character arc.
Meet Your Instructor: Lou Storey
“My heroes are the women and men who painstakingly studied human behavior to formulate theories that clearly define predictable patterns and pathways in human interaction and response. While every person is unique, our uniqueness acts within fairly definable criteria. Working with these models in character development will assist in avoiding cliché fixes or unrealistic turns in persona that leave the reader confused or disengaged. I used these models as a psychotherapist and continue to use them in retirement in my fiction and creative nonfiction writing. I look forward to sharing these theories with other writers in this six-week course.”
Watch Lou’s video to learn more about the importance of using psychological models to create believable character arcs.
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Our organization was founded to help amplify the voices of those who are often not heard—including Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC), LGBTQIA+ individuals, and other historically marginalized groups. We have witnessed how writing and sharing stories has the power to effect change by generating greater love, compassion, and empathy in the listener. In all of our programs, we provide an inclusive, supportive, and welcoming environment. We do not tolerate writing that perpetuates harmful stereotypes or fuels hate. Failure to align with our philosophy can result in your removal from class.