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Long Course: Writing Emotion



Lee Kofman




In this course, we’ll learn to express the truth of feelings without taming them, shedding light on the emotional interiors and truths of both fictional and nonfictional characters. Across three workshops, we’ll explore the use of place to reveal characters’ psychological landscapes, practice describing emotions that can’t be clearly labelled, develop strategies to represent ‘dark’ emotions without losing our readers and work with revision techniques to refine our understanding of our characters’ feelings.
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Included in this Package:

  • Place and Emotion, Sunday 4 September 10am-4pm
  • Understanding Emotional Complexity, Sunday 16 October 10am-4pm
  • Revising and Finetuning Emotions, Sunday 6 November 10am-4pm

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 program@writersvictoria.org.au to arrange a refund in this situation.

You Will Learn:

  • How to use place to express characters’ immediate emotional states
  • Strategies to conceptualise emotionally complex characters, fictional or real
  • To identify and describe emotions we have no names for
  • How to get to know your characters in depth via redrafting
  • How to revise your characters’ responses to what is happening in the story

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: 0390947840
Email: program@writersvictoria.org.au

Long Course: Writing Emotion

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