Creating Unputdownable Characters

Create Well-Developed Characters for Dimension, Diversity, and Heart (Starts Oct 9th)

This Course is for You If:

✅ You Want to Write Characters Your Readers Won't Forget

✅ You Want to Invest More Deeply in Your Character Development for Richer Stories and Greater Reader Connection

✅ You Are Interested in Developing Characters Strong Enough to Transition Out of Your Pages to Film or Television

✅ You Want to Learn an Approach to Writing Diverse Characters and Characters Unlike You to Avoid Cliché, Stereotypes, and Caricature

✅ You Want to Develop a Reliable Process for Character Development

✅ You Want to Sharpen Your Characterization Toolset

✅ You Want to Practice Putting Characters in Scene for Depth and Impact


This course has no pre-requisite and is designed for all levels of participants. You do not need a book manuscript or even a set idea of your book to benefit from this course. This is an intensive focused on building the skill set of developing and embodying unputdownable, memorable characters on the written page. This course is designed for writers of all skill levels (of fiction and non-fiction), and will mainly consist of exercises todevelop and embody either characters that you create in class, or characters from your pre-existing work. This course is designed for both fiction and non-fiction manuscripts and can serve as an additional prep course for the November Book Genius Writing Challenge. If you have questions, please first check the FAQs below or email [email protected].

Program Contents

Your Instructor

Jayne Allen
Jayne Allen

Behind the pen name “Jayne Allen” is Jaunique Sealey, an accomplished multi-disciplinary professional who started writing books as a pastime and developed it into a blockbuster career in publishing. She has helped devise a platinum-selling album release strategy (Lady Gaga’s Born This Way album), led award-winning marketing agency work, created her own bestselling novel series, and launched multiple companies from concept to revenue, including a cosmetics brand on QVC. Her unique experience-based insights have been featured by national and international platforms such as SXSW, Forbes, Huffington Post, TechCrunch, and Fox News.

Under pen name “Jayne Allen,” Ms. Sealey is the author of Black Girls Must Die Exhausted. Initially self-published, her groundbreaking debut novel was acquired by HarperCollins’ HarperPerennial imprint in a four-book deal along with sequel books, Black Girls Must Be Magic and Black Girls Must Have it All, and a standalone novel scheduled for 2024. She has been reviewed by The New York Times Book Review, and has been featured on Good Morning America, and in USA Today, BuzzFeed, Shondaland, Black Enterprise, Detroit’s HOUR Magazine, and numerous other publications. Her follow-up novel Black Girls Must Be Magic was recently named as one of the 7 Best Novels of 2022 by Essence Magazine. Her books have sold over 100,000 copies worldwide across formats and her first novel was translated into Portuguese, specifically for release in Brazil. The year after its initial release, the Black Girls trilogy was optioned by AGC Studios and is currently in development as a television series.

Also a non-fiction author, Ms. Sealey wrote and published “Piece of the Fame,” and “Regroup,” both acclaimed titles delivering her business expertise and general advice in the areas of social media, brand development and entrepreneurship. Since 2018, through her online educational platform Book Genius, she has served hundreds of largely under-represented authors with writing and marketing resources and instruction.

A graduate of Duke University Pratt School of Engineering and Harvard Law School, Ms. Sealey spent a decade as an entertainment attorney and another decade following as an entrepreneur, turnaround strategist, and marketing executive, serving as a founder and founding executive management for several companies and brands.

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
This course consists of Four Weeks of Live Virtual Instruction that starts on Thursday, October 5th, 2023 and a series of assignments and downloadable resources for weekly self-study. The Live portion of the course meets from 8:30 PM ET/5:30 PM PT and ends at 10:00 PM ET/7:00 PM PT. Each of the four live sessions are recorded and will be available in the even that you are unable to make the designated course meeting time.
How are the Live Sessions structured?
Each weekly Live Session is conducted for 90 minutes with approximately one-hour of lecture-style instruction and thirty minutes of live Q&A. In the event that you are enrolled and unable to make any one of the live sessions, but have course-specific questions, they can be submitted to the Instructor via the Course Platform.
What if I haven't started my manuscript? Can I still benefit from the course?
There is no pre-requisite to participate in this course and a partial or complete manuscript is not a requirement. This course is a craft intensive and focuses on a particular element of the writing process, developing and embodying the characters that will likely serve as the foundation of your story. Strong, well-developed, and memorable characters are often the foundation for books that become series and books that are able to successfully make the transition to film and television. Developing and strengthening you character development and characterization toolsets is helpful at any point of your writing journey.
What if it is after October 5th? Can I still join the course?
Enrollment will be closed on the sooner date of when course capacity is reached or on October 5th before the first Live Instruction session.
Are refunds available if I'm unhappy with the Course?
If you find that you are unhappy with the course after the first week, please send an email to [email protected] to discuss options for a refund.

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