Writing Fiction From Life

Kavita Bedford

Saturday 5 August 2023, 10am-4pm

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

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This writing fiction from life course with Kavita Bedford takes place at Writing NSW in Sydney.

How can your writing make compelling fiction inspired by real-life events and relationships? Join Kavita Bedford, author of the critically acclaimed novel Friends & Dark Shapes, for a workshop on how to draw from personal perspectives to shape fiction and characters.

Is this course right for you? Read our FAQ >

In this writing course, we will discuss some non-fiction literary forms, such as memoir, auto-fiction, and creative non-fiction, and the differences between them. Then we’ll explore using elements of those literary forms in fiction, to bring personal experiences to life in a fictional way.

We will look at different literary devices and ways to create a unique literary voice, exploring how the wrestling back of narratives and telling one’s truth can serve as a political act. We will look at your environment and how you can draw from place, conversation and the elements that make you distinctly you. The course will draw from examples of modern writers who create stylised personal perspectives, including Natalia Ginzburg, Jenny Offill, Helen Garner and Bryan Washington.

Expected learning outcomes

In this workshop, participants will:

  • Gain an understanding of literary and stylistic forms and how to use those elements in their own writing.
  • Experiment with ways to fictionalise events and characters.
  • Learn how to create a narrative perspective drawing on their own unique attitude and voice.
  • Understand how to draw from the idiosyncrasies of their own lives to write fiction.

This workshop takes place at Writing NSW in Sydney.

Participant requirements

Please read our FAQ before enrolling.

Please bring pen and paper, or fully charged device.

If you have questions about this course please contact us.


‘Kavita struck a wonderful balance between sharing the work of other authors, providing accessible information about writing techniques, sharing her personal experiences, and inviting us to participate in some excellent writing exercises on the day. … I can’t speak highly enough of this course.’ – Amar, 2022

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