All characters in story telling should be difficult characters. When we read a book they should surprise us, delight us and leave us feeling unsafe.
Multiple award winning writer Peter Polites, will give access to his process, guide participants in how to give the love and attention to make them appear real on the page.
In this workshop we will be doing the practical work of studying complex characters and rendering our own, through a series of planning and processing.
As in life, not all characters are good or bad, but they need to be complexly drawn to convince a reader that their story is worth being read. From Captain Ahab to George Costanza, to Mrs Dalloway all the way to that kid everyone hates in The Slap – it is often the difficult characters that stay with us after we have put down the text.
In this unique course we will delve deep into your characters; who they are; how they interact with each other; and what is needed to bring them to life.
Date: Thursday 5 August Time: 10am – 4pm Where: Byron Community Centre, Cavanbah Room. Upstairs at 69 Jonson Street, Byron Bay Cost: $120 General / $100 Members
About the Presenter
Peter Polites is a novelist from Western Sydney. He has written two queer noirs, Down the Hume and The Pillars, which won the 2020 NSW Premier’s Multicultural Literary Award. He’s also won the 2020 Woollahra Digital Literature Prize for Fiction. In 2021 he will be a writer in residence at UNSW Canberra and working on his third novel, God Forgets About the Poor.