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Workshop: The Art and Carpentry of Fiction with Kathryn Heyman [SOLD OUT]

6 August 2022 | 9:30 am - 12:30 pm


Making fiction requires not just artistic vision, but also the practical carpentry of writing. In this workshop for emerging fiction writers, internationally acclaimed author Kathryn Heyman will lead you through the crucial elements for structuring great fiction. By exploring the need for a bit of chaos in the writing process and giving you the tools to create structure and order, this workshop will send you back to your writing with a new vigour and a framework for your fiction. Using exercises and techniques developed over twenty-five years as a successful writer and writing mentor, Kathryn will help you clarify the crucial questions you need to ask (and answer) for your novel to sing. With her unique combination of deep writing exercises, humour and energy, Kathryn will lead you to a new clarity and enthusiasm for your writing project.

By the end of the workshop you will:

  • Know what questions to ask in order to create the perfect structure for your novel
  • Have a deeper understanding off your writerly voice and how to find new character voice
  • Understand what drives your characters and how to show this on the page


9.30 – 10.30

Ten minute break

10.40 – 11.35

Ten minute break

11.45 – 12.45

This workshop will not be recorded.

About Kathryn Heyman

Kathryn Heyman’s acclaimed memoir, Fury, appeared in May 2021. Her novels include Storm and Grace, was published in 2017. Her first novel, The Breaking, was shortlisted for the Stakis Award for the Scottish Writer of the Year and longlisted for the Orange Prize. Her other awards include an Arts Council of England Writers Award, the Wingate and the Southern Arts Awards, and nominations for the Edinburgh Fringe Critics’ Awards, the Kibble Prize, and the West Australian Premier’s Book Awards. Reviewers have compared her work to that of Cormac McCarthy, Kate Grenville, Angela Carter, Peter Carey, William Golding and Joseph Conrad.

Kathryn Heyman received the Wingate award for outstanding historical research (for The Accomplice). Her other historical works include Captain Starlight’s Apprentice (Inspired by the bushranger Jessie Elizabeth Hickman) which was adapted into a ten part radio serial for the BBC, with an audience of over two million. For the BBC she also wrote Moonlite’s Boy, using the letters and journals of the bushranger ‘Captain Moonlite’.

Kathryn Heyman taught Creative Writing at the University of Oxford and is now the director of the Australian Writers Mentoring Program.

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