Writing Believable Characters

Course Overview

Strong, multi-faceted and complex characters drive successful popular fiction. If you’re writing or planning to write a novel, join an award-winning, multi-published fiction author to help you discover who your characters are, what makes them tick, what they need, how they achieve their goals and how this affects your story. There will be lots of practical hands-on opportunities to work on your own book so come prepared to write!

Learn from Award-winning Australian fiction author, Paula Roe:

Join Paula Roe, an award-winning, multi-published fiction author who will break it all down, answer your questions and explain exactly what a romance novel is/is not and why romance continues to endure (it’s not all about the kissing!). She is a regular Borders Books bestseller and one of only five Australian authors who write for Harlequin Desire, a line published by Harlequin Enterprises, the biggest romance publisher in the world. Harlequin books go out to over 28 countries and are translated into 28 languages in 114 international markets on six continents. Before publication, Paula’s writing won and placed in various contests, including Wisconsin Romance Writers Fabulous Five Silver Quill, Magnolia State Dixie First Chapter, Romance Writers of Australia’s Emerald Award and the Valerie Parv Award.

Macquarie Community College operates from a range of venues across Northern and Western Sydney. We have campuses in Blacktown, Carlingford, Chatswood, Epping, Mt Druitt, Richmond, and Ryde. Enrol now!

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What you will learn

Course outline

In this course you will learn:

  • What character goals, motivations and conflicts are and why they’re important
  • How to define GMC for their characters
  • Why the past is the key to a strong story
  • Various methods of defining what makes their characters tick
  • How to further develop their story past chapter one

Course outcome

By the end of the course you will learn:

  • Have a greater understanding of various writing techniques
  • Be able to apply practical knowledge to develop their characters and story

What you need to know

Entry requirements

By the end of the course you will learn:

  • Have a greater understanding of various writing techniques
  • Be able to apply practical knowledge to develop their characters and story

What you need to provide

  • All course material is provided and inclusive with course fees
  • Notepad and pen

Coming soon

There are currently no classes scheduled for this course.

Please check back later as classes are added regularly or get in touch for more information.

Delivery Mode

To meet the needs of our students Macquarie Community College balances delivery and engagement across permanent, regular and temporary delivery sites and offer face-to-face, remote zoom classes and self-paced learning options.

Ways to Study

  • On campus

Our college campus locations are:

    • Blacktown
    • Chatswood
    • Carlingford
    • Epping
    • Ryde
    • Mt Druitt
  • Virtual classroom
  • Complete workplace training
  • Combine ways to study


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How to Enrol

Step 1 - Choose Your Course

  • Select the non-accredited short course you are interested in.
  • Find a day and time that suits your schedule.

Note: Enrolment is open to anyone 18 years or older.

Step 2 - Enrol and Verify

  • Click ‘Enrol Now’ after selecting your course and schedule.
  • Enter your details on the enrolment page.
  • Verify your email through a secure link sent to your email address.
  • Complete the secure checkout and payment process.

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Step 3 - Receive Your Enrolment Details

  • You will receive an immediate enrolment confirmation email upon successful enrolment. Check and read the attached Terms and Conditions.
  • The payer of the enrolment will receive a tax invoice immediately after processing.
  • You will receive a course reminder email a day before your class begins.
  • For Online Zoom classes, a Zoom link and password will be emailed the day before class. Use the same link and password for subsequent sessions if applicable.