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ONLINE WORKSHOP: Crafting Compelling & Complex Characters



Kelly Gardiner




No matter what genre we write or read, our focus is on the people on the page, and what they do and feel. So how do we create characters who feel like people in our heads – and in the minds of our readers? In this workshop, we’ll aim to give you some essential techniques and the tools to create characters your readers will remember.

A portrait of Kelly Gardiner, a woman with pale peach skin and short grey hair. She is wearing tortoiseshell glasses and is smiling.

A portrait of Kelly Gardiner


This workshop will take place online. Detailed instructions for participation will be provided.

You will learn:

  • Elements that make characters memorable
  • Connections between voice and character
  • Creating backstories and secrets
  • Managing your cast
  • Exercises and tips to use in your writing

Please bring along writing materials.

About Kelly Gardiner

Kelly Gardiner writes historical fiction for all ages. Her latest series is The Firewatcher Chronicles. Her novels include Goddess, based on the life of Mademoiselle de Maupin and recently optioned for the screen; 1917: Australia’s Great War; the Swashbuckler pirate trilogy; and a picture book, Billabong Bill’s Bushfire Christmas. Act of Faith and The Sultan’s Eyes were  both shortlisted for the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards. Kelly teaches writing at La Trobe University.

Not a Member?

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 a year's subscription to ‘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.

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Phone: 90947840
Email: program@writersvictoria.org.au

Registration for this event ended on 07 August 2021 - 9:00
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