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The Cast of Characters

A live, interactive workshop taught by Margaret South, developer of feature films and founder of All Girl Productions

May 6, 2024

8 to 9:30 p.m. Eastern (5 to 6:30 p.m. Pacific)

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In a well-written story, every single person plays a role. The hero and villain take center stage on the page and on the screen, but the entire cast of characters is pivotal in making the story work.


Creating these characters and their relationships is part of the joy of writing, but it’s also a source of complexity. What characters does your story need? What roles do they play? How do they relate to one another? And how do you make sure that every single character matters?


In this one-night interactive workshop, you’ll learn the essential archetypes and how each one relates to the main character. Best of all, you’ll write during the class, using prompts to explore the relationships in your story. This is more than excellent practice. You'll generate actual material for your manuscript or screenplay. “My writers often use the pages from class directly in their stories,” says Margaret South.


Join her for a one-night workshop that will make your storytelling and writing process easier and more effective from this point on.

Cast of Characters will answer these questions:

  • What are the common archetypes in storytelling?

  • What characters are musts in your stories?

  • What roles do different archetypes play in the story?

  • How do you develop relationships among characters?

  • How does each character relate to the protagonist?

  • How do your characters drive the action and plot of your story?

You’ll also have access to free resources a at


Margaret South founded All Girl Productions with Bette Midler and Bonnie Bruckheimer, and developed feature film projects for Disney, Fox and Tri-Star Studios, HBO, ABC, and NBC, including the beloved Beaches. Together with Ms. Midler, she wrote the screenplay A View from a Broad for Disney Studios.


Ms. South also created the innovative Kids Talk Story curriculum, provided in public schools. She has appeared at the Crossroads Writers' Conference, the Maui/Hawaii Writers’ Conference, the Women in Film Convention, as well as American Pen Women, and the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. She has worked with writers for over three decades.

$79 for 90 minutes of instruction


May 6, 2024

8 to 9:30 PM Eastern (5 to 6:30 PM Pacific)

You can sign up for only this class or the Storytelling Trio at a discounted price.

Please note: Our classes are designed specifically for live participation, so your attendance is important. If you need to miss a class for any reason, you’ll receive a passcode-protected link to watch the recordings after the course is over.

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