Memoir in a Year: Character and Dialogue

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A portrait of Luke Ryan

Luke Ryan
27 January 2018 - 10:00 to 1:00 PM
Luke Ryan
Early, Emerging
A story is nothing without its characters. Burrow down into the core of any great memoir writing – the characters and the words they speak.

From comic interlopers to close family members to you, the narrator themselves, we’ll get to grips with the how, the what and the why of characterisation – the first step towards filling your story with talk.

You will learn

  • how strike a balance between veracity and vitality in your conversation
  • how to refine characters to serve the purpose of the story
  • to identify master gestures and quirks that can define and enrich your characters and conversation
  • to contend with the limits of memory and fictionalisation
  • about ethical considerations that emerge when you put a real person on the page.

About Luke Ryan

Luke Ryan is a Melbourne-based freelance writer and comedian. He is the editor of the Best Australian Comedy Writing series and author of ‘A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Chemo’, a comedy memoir about having had cancer a couple of times. His work has appeared in numerous publications including ‘Best Australian Essays’, the ‘Guardian’, ‘Quartz’, ‘Smith Journal’, ‘The Lifted Brow’, ‘Junkee’, ‘Crikey’, ‘Kill Your Darlings’ and many more.

Memoir in a Year

Read more about our remaining Memoir in a Year workshops:

Memoir in a Year: Showing, not Telling, 24 February

Memoir in a Year: Legal Issues and Ethics, 31 March

Memoir in a Year: Protecting Yourself, 28 April

Memoir in a Year: Synopsis and Pitch, 26 May


Registration fee
Member $ 90.00
Concession Member $ 80.00
Non-Member $ 120.00
Donation $ 0.00

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