Writing Older Characters

Melanie Joosten

Melanie Joosten
03 June 2018 - 10:00 to 4:00 PM
Melanie Joosten
Older people rarely feature in books (both fiction and non-fiction) and when they do, they are often used to reflect on the passing of youth or portrayed in an unflattering or clichéd way.

Find out how to write well-rounded, believable older characters who can feature as more than just a narrative device. We’ll question ageist assumptions and generalisations, and highlight the ethical considerations of writing about older people, both real and imagined.

You will learn

  • how to recognise and question ageist stereotypes
  • how to write characters rather than representations
  • how to avoid cliché use of older people in your writing
  • how to reveal characters through indirect exposition
  • about ethical considerations that arise from writing about real people.

About Melanie Joosten

Melanie Joosten works in social policy and is the author of the essay collection ‘A Long Time Coming: Essays on Old Age’. She is also the author of the novels ‘Berlin Syndrome’ and ‘Gravity Well’ and has been named a Sydney Morning Herald Best Young Novelist.

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Concession Member $ 135.00
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Non-Member $ 195.00

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