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Observation and Voice in Fiction



Jessica Zhan Mei Yu




It’s the way in which characters see the world, often, that makes fiction compelling. In this workshop, you’ll hone your skills in observation and voice through examining influential writers and observational consciousness across contemporary literary fiction. You will also practice writing from characters’ perspectives and give and receive feedback on one another’s drafts.


A photo of Jessica Zhan Mei Yu. Credit: Leah Jing McIntosh.


This workshop will take place online and will be recorded, with the recording sent to registered participants afterward. Detailed instructions for participation will be provided in the week preceding the event.

You Will Learn:

  • How to write observationally
  • How to write a character’s distinctive voice
  • How to read critically as a creative writer
  • How to edit and revise your own work
  • How to edit and revise others’ work

About the Tutor:

Jessica Zhan Mei Yu is a writer of fiction, non-fiction and poetry. She is a Lecturer in Creative Writing at the University of Melbourne. Her debut novel, But the Girl, was published by Jonathan Cape (UK) and Penguin Random House (Australia) in 2023 and will be published with Unnamed Press in the US in March 2024. Her essay collection, All the Stain is Tender, is set to follow.

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Book by 31 July 2024 to access our early bird prices! 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: (03) 9917 8463
Email: [email protected]

Observation and Voice in Fiction

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