‘If they aren’t in interesting situations, characters can’t be major characters, not even if you have the rest of the troop talk their heads off about them.’

So said PG Wodehouse about plot. This day-long workshop is designed to teach techniques and approaches to developing a compelling, engaging and original storyline.

Through a series of dynamic writing exercises, personal feedback and key insights into the creative practice, this workshop will explore how to construct and finesse the structure of narrative literature. Participants will learn how to balance plot and storytelling with characterisation; how to inject ‘movement’ into a scene; the various approaches to planning narrative (there is no magic rule, after all); and how plot can open up a story, and its characters, to new and exciting possibilities.

Please bring your laptop or a writing pad – and come prepared for day of intensive writing, reflection and discussion, led by two experienced writers and industry professionals.

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Hannah Kent is the co-founder and publishing director of Kill Your Darlings. Her debut novel, Burial Rites (Picador; Little, Brown), has been translated into twenty-three languages and was shortlisted for the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction and the Guardian First Book Award. It won the ABIA Literary Fiction Book of the Year, the Indie Awards Debut Fiction Book of the Year and the Victorian Premier’s People’s Choice Award, and has most recently been shortlisted for the 2015 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. Hannah is currently working on her second novel.

Photo-of-Rebecca-Starford-2-300x300-1Rebecca Starford is the co-founder and publishing director of Kill Your Darlings. She is also an editor at Text Publishing and a former deputy editor at Australian Book Review. She was a founding member of the Stella Prize steering committee, and her writing has appeared in the Guardian, Age, and Weekend Australian. Her debut memoir, Bad Behaviour, was published by Allen & Unwin in March 2015.

Where: Fitzroy Library, 128 Moor Street, Fitzroy 3065
When: Saturday, 8 August 2015
Time: 10am to 4pm
Price: $175 for KYD subscribers; $195 for non-subscribers

All bookings are made through TryBooking. Book here.


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This is a day-long workshop. Morning and afternoon tea will be provided, and there is a 45-minute break for lunch. Fitzroy Library is close to public transport, and there is parking nearby. All participants also receive a goodie bag of books and resource material to keep you motivated long after the workshop has concluded. For further information, please email: [email protected]