Crafting Complicated Characters

Maame Blue

Saturday 29 July 10am-4pm

Full Price: $210
Member: $155
Conc Member: $135

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This creative writing course about writing complicated characters with Maame Blue takes place at Writing NSW in Sydney.

Do you love reading about messy romantic entanglements, fraught family interactions or the multi-layered relationship with self? Would you like help to create more characters that drive these kinds of narratives?

Learn how to create your own complex characters by utilising context and breaking down character motivations.

Is this course right for you? Read our FAQ >

During this one-day workshop, Maame Blue – author of the award-winning novel Bad Love – will take you through close readings of contemporary fiction, film recommendations and literary discussion, as well as useful writing exercises to kick start the creation of your own complicated characters.

Expected learning outcomes

Participants will:

  1. Gain an understanding of building character self-perception.
  2. Experiment with flipping narrative perspective to add complexity.
  3. Learn how to utilise context to add to character creations.
  4. Have an opportunity to create brand new work featuring complicated characters.

Participant requirements

Pen and paper; or fully charged device. There will be some pre-readings of course materials emailed to you before the course begins.

Please read our FAQ before enrolling.

Participants in face to face courses must comply with any precautionary measures related to COVID-19 that Writing NSW puts in place.

If you are feeling unwell and experiencing any COVID-related symptoms on the day of the course, you must stay at home and contact us to let us know. As a participant in this course, you will be required to follow all COVID safety measures in place by Writing NSW to ensure the health and wellbeing of our community.

If you have questions about this course and/or COVID-safe guidelines, please contact us.

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