The Garret Series: Creating Compelling Characters

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A portrait of Sofie Laguna

Sofie Laguna
29 October 2017 - 10:00 to 4:00 PM
Sofie Laguna
Focus on different ways participants can create compelling and original characters with engaging stories to tell.

Get answers to the challenges of plot, tone, structure and style that often lie in knowledge of character. Bring along a 500-word dramatic monologue written in the voice of one of your characters to read aloud and get constructive criticism from your peers.  Presented in collaboration with Swinburne University and The Garret Podcast.

You will learn

  • how to create/find characters
  • that character can give you plot
  • how to use detail in your work
  • techniques to help produce more writing
  • why some characters endure.

Sofie shared her thoughts with us in a Q&A. You can read it on this website.

About Sofie Laguna

Sofie Laguna is an award-winning author of over twenty books for children. Her books for young people have been published in the US, the UK and in translation throughout Europe and Asia. Sofie’s first novel for adults, ‘One Foot Wrong’, was published throughout Europe, the US and the UK, longlisted for the Miles Franklin Award and shortlisted for the Prime Minister’s Literary Award. Her recent novel for adults, ‘The Eye of the Sheep’, was shortlisted for the Stella Prize and won the Miles Franklin Award. Her latest novel 'The Choke' was released in September 2017.

The Garret

The Garret is not a podcast about individual books, nor is it designed to promote a writer's latest publication. It is a series exploring how the best of the best start, draft, complete and market their writing. Listen to The Garret Podcast.

Read more about events in The Garret Series:

The Garret Series: Plot, People and Language, 4 June

The Garret Series: Short Story, 28 October

Swinburne University
John St
Hawthorn, VIC 3122

Phone: 03 9094 7840
Event registration fee
Concession member $ 135.00
Member $ 145.00
Non-member $ 195.00

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