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Workshop: The Art & Carpentry of Fiction with Kathryn Heyman

1 July 2023 | 9:30 am - 12:30 pm

The Art and Carpentry of Fiction with Kathryn Heyman


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’s voice. Understand what drives your characters and how to show this on the page.

Structure: 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 is the author of contemporary and historical novels, as well as the memoir, Fury. Her 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, and The Accomplice, which won the Wingate Award for outstanding historical research. For the BBC she also wrote Moonlite’s Boy, using the letters and journals of the bushranger ‘Captain Moonlite’. Heyman won the Copyright Agency Author Fellowship with Fury, which was nominated for the International Folio Prize and Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature, and is in development as a feature film.

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1 July 2023
9:30 am - 12:30 pm
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