Coming up: Women in history and Creating characters

Look, there was a moment there when we thought 2021 might start feeling a bit more normal.

But no.

We’ve been back in lockdown here the past few weeks, although things are easing now. And we’re watching with horror as the pandemic flares up in places all over the world, including some countries that have been able to keep it under control. But it simply will not behave. Pandemics are a bit like that.

So while it did seem as if writing workshops and author events here might start up again, it’s all still a little precarious. Writers festivals are exploring hybrid models of presenting events – some online, some in person, some a bit of both – but others have decided to postpone or cancel. It’s tough on everyone involved – and most are run or supported by volunteers. Thank you to all the organisations and bookshops and event organisers who have done so much to support writers and readers over this time.

But now for the good news. Here’s what I have coming up soon:

WordFest 2021: The Hidden History of Women

I’m hosting a keynote panel in Monash Library Service’s WordFest, featuring authors Michelle Scott-Tucker, Mirranda Burton and Dr Victoria Grieve-Williams. The panel will look at different perspectives on the history of Australia, from early colonisation through to the present day.

Online via Zoom Zoom information

Tuesday 29 June 2021 at 7pm – 8pm. Free. Bookings using TryBooking.

Writing workshop: Crafting Compelling & Complex Characters

I’m delighted to be back teaching face-to-face (we hope) at Writers Victoria this year. My next workshop will be on creating characters (in any genre). Here’s the blurb:

No matter what genre we write or read, our focus is on the people on the page, and what they do and feel. So how do we create characters who feel like people in our heads – and in the minds of our readers? In this workshop, we’ll aim to give you some essential techniques and the tools to create characters your readers will remember.

It’s on 8 August 2021 – 10AM to 4 PM – at Writers Victoria in Melbourne. Details and bookings here.