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Revising and Finetuning Emotions



Lee Kofman




This practical workshop is aimed at both fiction and creative nonfiction writers with works-in-progress. It is based on the proposition that writers don’t write – they re-write, and also that the writing process is akin to layering, so that the first draft is often only the very start of creating a work and understanding its characters in depth. We’ll learn and practice various strategies that will help you to refine your understanding of your characters’ feelings and also will help you to render these feelings vividly and with nuance on the page.
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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:

  • How to get to know your characters in depth via redrafting
  • How to revise your characters’ internal lives
  • How to revise your characters’ responses to what is happening in the story
  • How to deepen the emotional truth of your manuscript via redrafting
  • How to create checklists for your revision process

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 04 November 2022 - 4:00
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