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As someone who left high school with a love of books but a belief that writing was something that only ‘other’ people could do, I am passionate about encouraging young people from all backgrounds to pursue their creative interests.
All creative people, no matter how accomplished or renowned, experience moments of fierce doubt when it comes to their work.
This talk covers my process – from high school student with little idea of what I wanted to do with my life, to published writer; and how the steps along the way contributed in some shape or form to my first published work.
This presentation is my own story – how I was inspired to begin writing, what kept me going through failed projects and unfinished ideas, and how I, as a fundamentally self-doubting writer, took the plunge and submitted the manuscript that would eventually become my first published novel. My aim in this session is to encourage, enable and inspire would-be writers to make – and show – their own work.
Why do some characters feel more authentic and compelling than others? How do writers find the inspiration for their fictional people, and how do they make them ‘come to life’? What are some of the methods writers use to create the people in their fictional worlds? Characters are the beings who populate and drive a […]
I am both a writer and in-house editor, so have insight into publication from both sides of the process. My aim is to show budding writers that the words they put down on a page are only a starting point. Refining, polishing and perfecting your work is long, messy and sometimes arduous – but nothing […]