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ONLINE WORKSHOP: Writing Biography: Structures, Focus, and Stories



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 black and white portrait of Michelle Scott Tucker, a woman with long dark hair and light eyes

A portrait of Michelle Scott Tucker


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

Learning outcomes

  • Ensuring your narrative is engaging and compelling–showing vs telling (scenes vs exposition)
  • 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

Please bring along your favourite example of biography or life writing. Just one! And be prepared discuss why it’s your favourite. Beautifully written? Fascinating subject? An unexpected twist? Laugh-out-loud funny? An engaging narrative voice?

About Michelle Scott Tucker

Michelle Scott Tucker’s biography of Elizabeth Macarthur was shortlisted for the 2019 NSW State Library Ashurst Business Literature Prize and the 2019 CHASS Australia Book Prize. Michelle is currently working with Torres Strait Islander Aaron Fa’Aoso, to ghost-write his memoir. She was shortlisted for the 2021 Hazel Rowley Literary Fellowship for the memoir, which will be published in 2022, by Pantera Press.  Michelle lives in the Macedon Ranges of Victoria.

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.

Cancellation Policy




Phone: 03 90947840
Email: [email protected]

Registration for this event ended on 08 October 2021 - 4:00
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