Evening Appetiser: Effective Research for Fiction

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A portrait of Alex Hammond
27 January 2022 - 6:00 to 7:00 PM
Alex Hammond
Alex has published three research-heavy books – two legal thrillers that incorporate existing law, precedents and legal practice – and a historical thriller set in German-occupied Paris. This session looks at how to strategically target your research and tie it to your novel's structure. It provides practical, usable tips so that you're using your time well and not falling down the rabbit hole of in-depth research or struck with "accuracy paralysis".

This seminar will take place online. Full details for participation will be provided.

You will Learn: 

  • Determining the scope of your research
  • Assessing the research needs of your novel
  • How to structure your novel and identify research points
  • Creating believable worlds with your research
  • When and how to break accuracy


About Alex Hammond

The SMH described Alex's latest novel, The Paris Collaborator, as an artfully constructed historical thriller. His first novel, Blood Witness, was nominated for a Ned Kelly Award for Best First Crime Novel. He has presented at the Emerging Writers Festival, Stonnington Literary Festival, Monash Literary Festival, State Library of Victoria, NSW Writers' Centre, Casey Winter Arts Festival, City of Yarra and Melton City Council.


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Phone: 90947855
Registration fee
Members $ 0.00
Non-members $ 25.00

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