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Understanding Emotional Complexity



Lee Kofman




The writer’s job is not to lean on such blanket words as sadness or love – words which are supposed to brim with meaning but contain little of it at closer inspection. Rather, it is to express the truth of a feeling without taming it, without marching it along well-trodden linguistic paths. This is not an easy task, yet without precise descriptions of feelings, we have no authentic, singular characters. In this workshop we’ll learn how to create emotionally authentic characters, and how to pinpoint and make vivid their various complex, or even yet-unnamed emotions.
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You can find details of how Covid-19 restrictions will affect the workshop here: https://writersvictoria.org.au/about-us/covid-19-information/. You are encouraged to wear a mask in the workshop space. The Wheeler Centre’s policy is that close contacts should not attend the building. If you are a close contact of somebody with Covid-19, or have Covid-19 symptoms yourself, please do not attend; please contact [email protected] to arrange a refund in this situation.

You Will Learn:

  • To analyse emotions in-depth
  • Strategies to conceptualise emotionally complex (fictional or real) characters
  • To identify and describe emotions we have no names for
  • Strategies to describe emotions vividly
  • Strategies to go into dark emotions without ‘losing’ our readers

About the Tutor:

Lee Kofman is the author of six books, including Imperfect (2019, Affirm Press), which was shortlisted for Nib Literary Award 2019, and The Dangerous Bride (2014, MUP); editor of Split (Ventura, 2019), which was longlisted for ABIA Awards 2020, and co-editor of Rebellious Daughters (Ventura, 2016). Her short works have been widely published and her blog was a finalist for Best Australian Blogs 2014. Her most recent book is The Writer Laid Bare (Ventura, 2022).

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176 Little Lonsdale Street
3000 Australia


Phone: (03) 9917 8463
Email: [email protected]

Registration for this event ended on 14 October 2022 - 4:00
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