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ONLINE WORKSHOP: Writing Other People's Lives



Michelle Scott Tucker




Sometimes the most compelling stories are about other people.  Whether you’re writing biography, interested in ghost writing, drawing together your family or local history, or even thinking about feature interviews – if you want to tell someone else’s story then learn how to illuminate your subject with writing that is engaging, ethical and insightful. This lively and practical workshop will use real-life examples to examine what works – and what doesn’t – when it comes to writing other people’s lives.

A portrait of Michelle Scott Tucker


This workshop will be presented online. Detailed instructions for participation will be provided.

Included in this course:

  • 2.5 hours of information, education, industry insider advice, tricks and tips
  • An annotated reading list to provide context to your learnings
  • Writing exercises to help hone your craft and reinforce your new skills
  • 1 hour interactive webinar for questions, clarifications, and skills extension
  • Personalised feedback from Michelle on a piece of writing up to 500 words 

Learning Outcomes

  • Ensuring your narrative is engaging and compelling – showing vs telling

  • Negotiating the ethics of writing about real people

  • Research and interview techniques and tips

  • Exploring different narrative structures, and applying them to your material

  • Next steps – honing your craft and/or seeking publication

Schedule for the Day:

  • 10 - 11:15am: First webinar with Michelle Scott Tucker
  • 11:45am - 1pm: Second webinar with Michelle Scott Tucker
  • 3 - 4pm: Interactive webinar for questions, clarifications, and more casual instructions based on your experiences
  • 500-word pieces to be sent to Michelle for feedback

About Michelle Scott Tucker

Michelle Scott Tucker is the author of Elizabeth Macarthur: A Life at the Edge of the World - a fascinating and critically acclaimed biography of the woman who established the Australian wool industry (even though her husband received all the credit). 

Michelle is a professional writer and consultant, with a successful career in government, business and the arts. Michelle lives in regional Victoria, has served on the Board of Writers Victoria, and is currently on the Board of the Mountain Writers Festival. A regular speaker at writers’ events and on ABC Radio, Michelle is an engaging and dynamic presenter.


If you’re purchasing a full price workshop at $215, consider a full price one-year membership ($75) plus member-priced workshop ($155) will cost just $230 and give you discounts on all our services plus six free copies of ‘The Victorian Writer’ magazine.


And if you have a concession card, a one-year membership ($55) plus member-concession workshop ($135) will cost you only $190.

Cancellation Policy




Phone: 90947855
Email: [email protected]

Registration for this event ended on 12 June 2020 - 4:00
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