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A common question put to authors is ‘Where do your ideas come from?’ AJ’s ideas come from many places: found shopping lists, newspaper articles, and overheard conversations. Occasionally, she’s even inspired by breakfast…
In this presentation, AJ shares the surprising evolution of her second novel, Wavelength, and how it developed from an interest in a particular food, to a novel with themes including the pressures of Year Twelve, passion, and the infinite possibilities of life. By hearing AJ’s approach to Wavelength, students learn strategies of teasing stories out of everyday material.
Characters can be slippery – hard to see, hear, and pin down. Sometimes they even take the plot into their own hands… What makes a character real? What makes us care about them at all? Join AJ Betts as she shares her secrets for breathing life into characters, and discover strategies that students can try […]
Amanda Betts will take students through writing romance, teaching them how to write real relationships without imitating a Valentine’s Day card.