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Developing Strong Characters



Luke Horton




In this workshop, we will explore what makes a compelling and memorable character in fiction. What do we mean when we talk about ‘round’ vs ‘flat’ characters? How do we make our characters feel alive on the page? Even minor ones? Through writing exercises and close reading, we will explore these issues and improve your work by delving deeply into the key to all good fiction: character.
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This workshop will take place online via the Writers Victoria Zoom room. Detailed instructions for participation will be provided.

You Will Learn:

  • How to develop a protagonist who is memorable and compelling
  • How to capture minor characters in a few words
  • How to reveal character through detail
  • How to reveal character through action and dialogue
  • How to reveal character through omission and unreliability

About the Tutor:

Luke Horton’s writing has appeared in various publications, and his debut novel, The Fogging, was highly commended for the 2019 Victorian Premier’s Award for an Unpublished Manuscript. Published by Scribe Publications, The Fogging was included in the Guardian’s ‘Twenty best Australian books of 2020’. The former editor of The Lifted Brow Review of Books, he currently teaches creative writing at RMIT, and is working on a second novel, due in 2024.  

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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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Phone: +61399178461
Email: [email protected]

Developing Strong Characters

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