Mastering Character Arcs

The key to bringing your novel to life. An eight module video session with over nine-hours of instruction.

Have you written a story with an exciting concept and interesting characters—but it just isn’t grabbing the attention of readers or agents? It’s time to look deeper into the story beats that create the realistic and compelling character arcs that drive great fiction. Internationally published and award-winning novelist K.M. Weiland shares her acclaimed method for achieving memorable and moving character arcs in every book you write.

By applying the foundation of the Three-Act Story Structure and then delving even deeper into the psychology of realistic and dynamic human change, Weiland offers a beat-by-beat checklist of character arc guidelines that flexes to fit any type of story.

This comprehensive course has eight separate modules with a total of 46 sessions. The lessons are presented as video with voice-over power point slides. Topics covered include:

  • How to determine which arc—positive, negative, or flat—is right for your character
  • Why you should NEVER pit plot against character. Instead, learn how to blend story structure and character development
  • How to harmonize the relationship between character and theme—so you can stop churning out disjointed stories
  • How to recognize and avoid the worst pitfalls of writing novels with no character arcs
  • How to hack the secret to using overarching character arcs to create amazing trilogies and series
  • BONUS: How to find easy ways to start marketing your novels
  • BONUS: A Free copy of K.M Weiland's book Five Secrets of Story Structure as PDF download!
  • And much more!

Gaining an understanding of how to write character arcs is a game-changing moment in any author’s pursuit of the craft. Learn how to take your stories from good to great and bring your characters to unforgettable and realistic life!

Preview two of the Forty-Six Lessons included in the course!

Your Teacher

K.M. Weiland
K.M. Weiland

K.M. Weiland lives in make-believe worlds, talks to imaginary friends, and survives primarily on chocolate truffles and espresso. She is the IPPY, NIEA, and Lyra Award-winning and internationally published author of Outlining Your Novel and Structuring Your Novel, as well as Jane Eyre: The Writer’s Digest Annotated Classic. She writes historical and speculative fiction from her home in western Nebraska and mentors authors on her award-winning website Helping Writers Become Authors. And you can visit her author site at

Course Curriculum

Frequently Asked Questions

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