Bring Your Protagonists To Life! How To Write Authentic And Readable Characters

Carmel Harrington

Saturday 13th October 2018
Time: 2pm - 5pm
Venue: TBC
About This Course​

Both character and plot play an equal role in writing fiction. But, creating believable characters is crucial to ensure the reader makes an emotional connection with your words. In this workshop, Carmel Harrington will share tips and techniques to ensure you get the most from your characters. Is your dialogue authentic? Are there too many or too little POV’s? Are your characters well developed, necessary and consistent? Carmel was chosen to write the ITV Cold Feet novel, based on a 4,000 word sample chapter, that Mike Bullen, the creator loved. Every word counted in this ‘audition’ piece, and it taught Carmel a lot about her writing voice. During this workshop, Carmel will share her insights from this process, to help you find your voice too.  


Who is this course suitable for?


Suitable for writers of all abilities, but ideal for those writers who have some experience in writing fiction.

What do I need to bring?


A notebook and pen.

We Like
  • Carmel’s trademark warmth and wit

  • Her brilliant experience in writing dialogue

  • Equipping you with an action plan to keep writing


Praise for Carmel

"Carmel not only has an incredible story but is a real source of inspiration for anyone who wants to follow their passion. She is such a kind warm person and that really comes across while she’s on stage. Quite simply, if you get the chance to meet her, or see her speak, your life will be all the better for it. I know mine is."

John M Sweeney, Founder of


"Carmel Harrington, gives more than her expertise and time to those needing to write. Her patience, understanding and encouragement (with a lovely personality) is unending."


Sharon Thompson, Author.

Carmel's Advise

"Get out of your own way! Stop making excuses, start writing today."

Carmel's Story

Sunday Times bestseller Carmel Harrington is from Co. Wexford, where she lives with her husband Roger and two young children, Amelia and Nate. In 2011 she swapped the corporate world of an American multinational to become a stay-at-home-mum. She may have won her first writing award when she was twelve years old in a national writing competition, but it was decades later before she found the courage to follow her dream to be a published author. She began to write in between spoon feeds and ABC’s and to her astonishment, realised she was quite good at juggling babies and books.

Since then Carmel has published six novels, been shortlisted two years running for an Irish Book Award (2016 & 2017) and won two writing awards – Kindle Book of the Year 2013 and Romantic eBook of the Year 2013. Her books, all regular chart-toppers, have captured the hearts of readers worldwide and are translated into eight languages to date.

Her seventh novel A Thousand Roads Home, will be published in October 2018. Previous novels include The Woman at 72 Derry Lane which remained in the Irish bestseller charts for 12 weeks and the official ITV novel and UK Top 20 bestseller Cold Feet The Lost Years.

Carmel has vast media experience, as a regular panellist on TV3’s Elaine and Midday show. In addition, her TV appearances include WNDU-TV in the US, BBC Arts Show in the UK, The Today Show, IrelandAM and The Morning Show in Ireland. She has been interviewed many times on the radio, on shows that include BBC Radio Ulster and RTE’s Ryan Tubridy Show. If that wasn’t enough to make the juggle struggle real, she is a co-founder of The Inspiration Project and Chair of Wexford Literary Festival.

Carmel’s warmth and wit make her a popular speaker in schools, libraries and festivals and she has given talks throughout Ireland, UK and US.

In 2017, Carmel Harrington wrote the official ITV Cold Feet novel, Cold Feet The Lost Years. Here, she had to stay true to the emotional undertones of the hit show, whilst retaining her own writing voice. And understanding the characters’ colloquialisms and personalities was her starting point.

For more information visit and you can find her on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram, at @HappyMrsH​

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