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Writing Relationships for a YA Readership: Families, Friends, Foes and First Loves



Sophie Gonzales




Learn to craft realistic, relatable relationships within your YA novel, from the villain that your main character loves to hate, to the beautiful and brooding character your main character hates to love, and everything in between. This course combines psychology with narrative techniques to teach you how to identify the relationship dynamics that work best for your character and story, as well as how to effectively craft these relationships.
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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 family – given or found – shapes your character and their worldview.
  • The role of friendship in your main character’s life, and how to create fleshed-out, distinct side characters that believably interact with your main character.
  • Attachment styles, and how they affect romantic, familial and platonic relationships.
  • How to create sizzling chemistry between your romantic leads.
  • Villains and antagonists: when do you need one, how to develop their relationship with the main character, and how should their relationship with the main character affect the story?

About the Tutor:

Sophie Gonzales writes young adult queer contemporary fiction with memorable characters, biting wit and endless heart. She is the author of The Law of Inertia and Only Mostly Devastated and Perfect on Paper. If This Gets Out (co-written with Cale Dietrich) was published in December 2021 from Wednesday Books / Macmillan. When she isn’t writing, Sophie can be found performing in musical theatre, ice skating and practicing the piano. She currently lives in Adelaide, Australia.

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

Registration for this event ended on 01 March 2024 - 4:00
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