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CHARACTER FEST: Crafting Compelling Characters


One of the biggest challenges for writers across the board, whether crafting creative fiction or short story, is to create authentic characters. Likeable or not, unrelatable and two-dimensional characters can often ruin a great plot or idea and slow down plotting and pacing, preventing readers from investing in the story.

Compelling characters, on the other hand, can draw the reader in, create interest, smooth over plot defects, and keep your story moving along.

Join us as we spend a full day delving into the depths of crafting compelling characters with a series of panels and seminars with award-winning writers, psychologists, body language experts and more. Immerse yourself in the world of personality ticks and tricks,  learn how to create empathy for your characters and engage your readers, and discover how body language can be translated onto the page.

Registration is at 9:45 am. 

Cost: Full price $180 / Members $120 (Login to register with the Member Price)


Crafting Compelling Characters: Creative Tips and Tricks with Kerryn Goldsworthy

Whether you’re writing literary fiction or genre fiction your characters still need to be three-dimensional and have believable flaws, wants and needs so that your readers can connect and engage with them. Join author and critic Kerryn Goldsworthy as she walks you through some creative tips and tricks to crafting 3D characters.


The Nine Personality Types of the Enneagram with Marianne Musgrove

The Enneagram is a model of the human psyche that is often used to understand people and their motivations. In this seminar with author and social worker Marianne Musgrove you will uncover the concepts of this ancient system with an eye to helping you develop better characterisation. Participants will learn what motivates each of the nine types, their core fears, and how they respond to conflict, as well as what temptations might lead them astray…


Character Tells: A Writers Toolkit for Visualising Personality Traits with Jane Turner Goldsmith

Does your heroine have Borderline Personality Disorder? Are your hero’s quirks bordering on pathological? In this session psychologist and author Jane Turner Goldsmith will help you unpack the official diagnostic criteria for common mental health disorders and learn how these might translate into observable behavioural characteristics that will ring true when written on the page.


Don’t Scratch Your Nose! Understanding Body Language and Visual Cues

Do popular beliefs about body language stand-up in practice? Do professionals actually use body language to inform decisions in their research, prisons and courtrooms? And can you really tell if someone is lying? Join us for this panel session with a psychologist, a criminologist and a writer to explore these questions and more on the controversial topic of body language.


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