Characters are the beating heart of most stories – but what makes some characters more compelling than others? How do you create a unique voice for your narrator or protagonist? In the words of PG Wodehouse, if you can’t create interesting situations, your characters can’t be major characters, not even if you have the rest of the troop talk their heads off about them. How exactly do Character and Plot intersect?
This day-long workshop will introduce a variety of strategies that can be used to create well-developed, complex characters as well as teach techniques and approaches to developing a compelling, engaging and original storyline. We will cover the initial stages of generating ideas, to developing back story, motives, voice and personality, and will also discuss and practice a variety of devices – including dialogue, point of view, character interaction, description and narration – that can be used to avoid exposition.
Through a series of dynamic writing exercises, personal feedback and key insights into the creative practice, this workshop is designed for those hoping to create authentic and unforgettable characters. Participants will learn how to balance action with characterisation; how to inject ‘movement’ into a scene; 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.
This is a day-long workshop. Morning and afternoon tea will be provided, and there is a 45-minute break for lunch. Kathleen Syme Library is close to public transport, and there is parking nearby. All participants also receive a goodie bag of resource material to keep you motivated long after the workshop has concluded. For further information, please email [email protected]
About the Teachers
Rebecca Starford is the co-founder and publishing director of Kill Your Darlings, a writer and freelance editor. She has worked at Text Publishing, Affirm Press and 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 2015.
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 23 languages and 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. Hannah’s second novel, The Good People, was published in October 2016.
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