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Established Author Forum: Building and Modulating Tension in Your Narrative with Cate Kennedy



Cate Kennedy




If you’ve written one book or five, you’ve likely found that each new project involves new challenges, many of which hinge on narrative tension and propulsion. This session focuses specifically on deepening your understanding of tension and impetus and developing ways to put these lessons into practice. Afterwards, chat with other writers in a social setting.
A photo of Cate Kennedy.


Part creative development, part networking, part writing group, the Established Author Forum features in-depth lectures at a high level from prominent writers on the topics they know best, as well as an opportunity to ask questions about their work and your own. After each lecture, writers share wins, frustrations, opportunities and industry developments within a social setting.  

Eligibility: The Writers Victoria Established Author Forum is for those who have authored at least one traditionally-published book, screenplay or play. If you are contracted to publish your first book this year, work in the industry or have an equivalent track record of short-form publications, you are also welcome to attend. If you are unsure about your eligibility, please email [email protected].

About the Tutor:

Cate Kennedy is the author of the highly acclaimed novel The World Beneath, which won the People’s Choice Award in the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards in 2010. She is an award-winning short-story writer whose work has been published widely. Her first collection, Dark Roots, was shortlisted for the Steele Rudd Award in the Queensland Premier’s Literary Awards and for the Australian Literature Society Gold Medal. She is also the author of a travel memoir, Sing, and Don’t Cry, and the poetry collections Joyflight, Signs of Other Fires and The Taste of River Water, which won the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Poetry in 2011. She lives on a secluded bend of the Broken River in north-east Victoria.

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.

Not a Member?

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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The Wheeler Centre
176 Little Lonsdale Street
3000 Australia


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

Registration for this event ended on 29 February 2024 - 4:00
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