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The Writer’s Toolbox

In this fast-paced and intensive workshop, internationally bestselling and award-winning author Kate Forsyth will equip you with all the tools you need for your writer’s toolbox.

When writing a novel, you are opening a door into a fictional world – a castle in the air – and inviting the reader inside. You want that imaginary world to feel absolutely real to the reader. You want them to be totally absorbed in the story you have created and to not want to leave that world until the very last page is turned. But what tools do we need to create such vivid and believable worlds? What are our building materials as writers and why are they so important?


Participants will acquire the key narrative building blocks for:

  • Plotting
  • Creating character
  • Inventing the world of the story
  • Building suspense
  • Controlling pace


Kate has taught and told stories all over the world, from Sydney to Singapore, Chicago to Chichester, Edinburgh to Fiji, Oxford University to the Greek Islands. Join Kate and fellow writers to invest in your own writer’s toolbox this October.

This workshop is suitable for fiction writers at any stage of their creative journey.



About Kate Forsyth

Dr Kate Forsyth is an award-winning author, poet, and storyteller. Her most recent novel is The Crimson Thread, a reimagining of ‘The Minotaur in the Labyrinth’ myth set in Crete during the Nazi invasion and occupation of World War II. Other books Bitter Greens, a retelling of ‘Rapunzel’ which won the 2015 American Library Association award for Best Historical Fiction, and Searching for Charlotte: The Fascinating Story of Australia’s First Children’s Author, co-written by her sister Belinda Murrell, which was longlisted for the 2021 Readings Non-Fiction Prize and the Indie Book Awards. Kate has a BA in literature, a MA in creative writing and a DCA in fairy tale studies, and is an accredited master storyteller with the Australian Guild of Storytellers. She has taught writing retreats in Australia, Fiji, Greece, and the United Kingdom.


Members $88 / Non-members $140


Venue: The Hetzel Lecture Theatre, the Institute Building, the State Library of South Australia, North Terrace, Adelaide 5000.


—We strongly recommend all staff, speakers, and attendees of in-person events be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. You cannot attend if you have been asked to isolate by SA Health or are feeling unwell. See our full policy here.

—Writers SA members must be logged in to receive the member discount. If you would like to use a workshop credit to book in, please contact [email protected] at least five working days before the workshop commencement date. Our staff don’t work full time and we don’t want you to miss out!



  • Starts: October 22nd, 2022 1:00 PM
  • Finishes: October 22nd, 2022 4:00 PM

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The Writer's Toolbox

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