Want to write a novel inspired by real life, but don’t know how to go about it? Join Kavita Bedford, author of the critically acclaimed novel Friends & Dark Shapes, for a workshop on how to draw from personal perspectives to shape fiction and characters.
In this two-part online workshop, sessions will examine character and place, and explore ideas of what it means to write ‘truth’ and personal narratives. The workshop will explore popular forms including autofiction, memoir and creative non-fiction, as well as literary devices and the development of ‘voice’, with exercises that draw on place, conversations and the wonder of one’s own life.
The course will draw from examples of modern writers who create stylised personal perspectives, including Natalia Ginzburg, Annie Dillard, Helen Garner and Bryan Washington.
When: Thursdays 12 & 19 May, 1pm – 3pm Where: Online via Zoom Cost: $110 members/$145 non-members
Kavita Bedford is an Australian-Indian writer with a background in journalism, anthropology and literature. Her writing has appeared in Guernica, The Guardian, The Saturday Paper and she was a recent Churchill Fellow exploring migrant narratives. Her first novel, Friends & Dark Shapes, was published in 2021.