Criminal Intent

Wendy James

Sunday 8 December, 10am-4pm

Full Price: $195
Member: $135
Conc Member: $120

In this one-day crime writing workshop led by celebrated author Wendy James, you’ll explore essential questions of character, plot and place through discussion and targeted writing exercises. Where, for instance, should readers’ sympathies lie? Why is place so important in crime fiction? And what happens when your hero or heroine is also the bad guy?

Forget about cardboard-cut-out villains, easy targets, and painted-on scenery. In the best crime novels, the who, the why and the where are inextricably linked.

Writing exercises will help you to develop an outline of a compelling plot along with authentic and engaging characters, and to synthesise backstory into a forward-moving narrative.

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Expected Learning Outcomes

By the end of this workshop participants will have worked to:

  1. Devise the outline of a compelling plot;
  2. Develop authentic and engaging characters; and
  3. Synthesise backstory into a forward moving narrative.

Participant Requirements

Pen and paper or fully charged laptop.

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