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Writing a Brilliant Backstory


with Sandy Vaile

Where did your character come from and what made them the person they are in your book? What events led to the situation they're in right now? Compelling backstories are important to create three-dimensional characters and worlds, yet often it's easy to fall into the trap of information dumps or boring exposition.

This workshop will give you the tools to develop a rich backstory, determine which parts are relevant to the reader, and how to release it in a way that drives a compelling main story.

Topics include:

  • - How backstory relates to goal and motivation.
  • - Types of backstory and how to organise all that information.
  • - Infusing backstory using various delivery methods.
  • - What to reveal and when.
  • - Using backstory to build tension.


Sandy Vaile is a motorbike-riding daredevil who isn’t content with a story unless there’s a courageous heroine and a dead body. Published by Simon & Schuster US, she is an experienced course presenter with a decade of experience in the industry. She prides herself on providing a nurturing learning environment that enables participants to truly absorb the material. When she’s not writing fiction, Sandy composes procedures for high-risk industrial processes, judges writing competitions, runs the Fearless Novelist Facebook group, and offers mentoring and critiquing services.


Full Price $115 / Writers SA Members Price $77

Venue: Community Meeting Room, Hutt St Library, Level 2, 235 Hutt St, Adelaide (enter via doorway off Hutt St).

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