ONLINE WORKSHOP: The Nonconformist Character: Outsiders, Observers and Odd People Out

Portrait of Alan Carter
13 September 2020 - 10:00 to 4:00 PM
Alan Carter
The outsider is the classic hero/heroine in storytelling. They don’t belong, they have something extra to prove, they see things differently, and they tend not to play by the rules. What makes a good outsider and how do you make your work for your story? Get the inside gem on writing the outsider.

This workshop will be presented online. All participants will be provided with detailed instructions for participation.

Included in this course:

  • 2.5 hours of guidance, information, and directed teaching 
  • A curated reading list for context and inspiration
  • 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 Alan on a piece of writing up to 500 words 

Learning Outcomes

You will learn:

  • How to create a convincing and compelling outsider her/heroine: character and backstory.
  • How to give a voice to your Outsider: dialogue and perspective.
  • How to use your “outsiderdom” in plotting.
  • Character development and story arcs for the outsider.
  • Bringing your outlier in from the cold: the serial outsider.


Schedule for the Day:

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


About Alan Carter

Alan’s Ned Kelly award-winning WA-set ‘Cato Kwong’ series is Prime Cut, Getting Warmer, Bad Seed & Heaven Sent. The series has been translated into French, German and Spanish. ‘Marlborough Man’, a standalone, won a Ngaio Marsh award in NZ in 2018. The sequel, ‘Doom Creek’, is due out later this year. Previously he was a TV documentary maker working on (among other things), ‘Who Do You Think You Are?’. Alan currently lives in Tasmania.


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.

176 Little Lonsdale Street
Melbourne, VIC 3000

Phone: 0390947895
Concession $ 135.00
Member $ 155.00
Non-member $ 215.00
Donation $ 0.00

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