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Writing Heroes and Villains in YA



Vanessa Len




This class explores how to write heroes and villains in young adult fiction, with an emphasis on fantasy and science fiction. In this workshop, you’ll learn how to create characters and character premises that will drive your novel, use the hero’s journey structure to craft satisfying plot twists and use character to generate ideas and solve story problems.
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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 create heroes and villains
  • How to create a character premise for your protagonist that drives the story
  • How to use the hero's journey structure
  • How to craft surprising and satisfying plot twists
  • Techniques for generating ideas and solving story problems

About the Tutor:

Vanessa Len is a Melbourne author and educational editor. Her first novel, Only a Monster, is a young adult fantasy about a monster girl whose summer is ruined when her new crush turns out to be a monster slayer. It was published in 2022 by Allen & Unwin and is being translated into 14 languages. The sequel, Never a Hero, is forthcoming in 2023. 

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Members of Writers Victoria receive up to 37% off the full price of our workshops, seminars and courses. In addition, members have access to a range of other discounts and opportunities and receive a subscription to 'The Victorian Writer' magazine. Memberships start from just $50. Find out more about becoming a member here.

Book early to access our early bird prices! These expire 9 days before the course begins. Please keep in mind that our workshops require a minimum number of participants to run, so booking early also helps ensure that a workshop will go ahead. 

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176 Little Lonsdale Street
3000 Australia


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

Registration for this event ended on 03 March 2023 - 4:00
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