ONLINE WORKSHOP: Balancing Back Story

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A portrait of Laurel Cohn, a woman with medium peach skin and short curly hair. She has brown eyes and is smiling.

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21 August 2021 - 10:00 to 4:00 PM
Laurel Cohn
There’s nothing worse than getting cornered at a party with a stranger determined to tell you all about themselves – too much backstory! The same is true with characters on the page. Backstory can notoriously bog down a manuscript, particularly in the opening chapters. Through writing exercises and looking at excerpts from published books, participants will gain a deeper understanding of how to manage the backstory balancing act.

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

You will learn:

  • The importance of understanding your characters’ backstories
  • How to determine what backstory the reader needs to know
  • How to use backstory effectively
  • How to get the most out of what you know about your characters and settings without sacrificing narrative momentum
  • How other writers use backstory

About Laurel Cohn

Laurel Cohn is a book editor passionate about communication and the power of stories in our lives. As a developmental editor, assessor and writing coach she has been helping writers prepare their work for publication for over three decades. She is a regular workshop presenter for Writers Victoria, Writing NSW, Queensland Writers Centre and Byron Writers Festival. She has a PhD in Literary and Cultural Studies.

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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.


Phone: 90947840
Concession $ 135.00
Member $ 155.00
Non-member $ 215.00
Donation $ 0.00

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