Character Development

8th September 2021 7:00pm to 8:30pm, Online

The stories we remember – those that affect us the most, whether through empathy, anger, humour or love – we remember because of the characters that fully inhabit that world.

If you want to ensure your readers follow your character's every step, join author Deepa Anappara for this masterclass on Character Development, an event that makes up part of The Writing Process, a series held in collaboration with Book Aid International.

Over the course of the evening, Deepa will share her knowledge and expertise on the craft of creating complex characters, insight into the art of developing character arcs as well as how writers can balance their main protagonists and their supporting cast. Attendees can expect a practical, inspiring session full of discussion, writing exercises, and expert advice that will guide you on your way to creating identifiable characters your readers will want to spend time with. 

Copies of Deepa's book, Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line, will be available for attendees to purchase at an exclusive event price via our independent bookshop partner Maldon Books.

It is no longer possible to book onto this event

Speaker profiles
Deepa Anappara

Deepa Anappara was born in Kerala, southern India, and worked as a journalist in India for eleven years. Her debut novel Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line was named as one of the best books of the year by The New York Times, NPR, The Washington Post and Time. It was longlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction 2020, nominated for the Edgar Award for Best Novel, and shortlisted for the JCB prize for Indian literature. A partial of the novel won the Lucy Cavendish Fiction Prize, the Deborah Rogers Foundation Writer’s Award, and the Bridport/Peggy Chapman-Andrews Award for a First Novel. It is being translated into 22 languages.

Photo credit: Liz Seabrook

Booking & payment

The workshop fee of £25 (incl. VAT) is payable in full online. A percentage of all ticket sales will go directly to Book Aid International.

This is a live online event, which will be presented using video conferencing software so attendees will need internet access to attend. In the week leading up to the event, W&A Admin will provide all registered attendees with joining instructions.

Event materials will be made available to attendees for a time-limited period after the event at the author's discretion.

Maldon Books





Copies of Deepa's book will be available to purchase via Maldon Books, our independent bookshop partner. All attendees will receive a unique discount code via email from the W&A team to redeem against their book purchase.

If you would like to book all four masterclasses, you can do this at a special combined price of £75

Please note that payment instalment plans are available for all W&A events, writing courses and editing services. Contact W&A Admin on so that we can find a payment schedule that works for you.


Accessible to All

It’s of real importance to Writers & Artists that our events and courses remain accessible to all.

  • Writers & Artists has made up to five bursary places available for this event as part of our accessibility scheme. Please visit our bursaries page for further information about how to apply. All bursary applications must have been submitted for consideration by Sunday 29th August.
  • At the author’s discretion, event materials will be made available to attendees after the masterclass.
  • A link to a recording of the masterclass will be circulated after the event. This will be made available to event attendees only, and for a time-limited period.
  • This event will include written text and visuals. Please contact us in advance so that we can make arrangements to be sure all documents appear in a format that works for you.
  • If you’d like to attend but have any questions or concerns regarding accessibility, then please email




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