Beyond the Whodunnit

Beyond the Whodunnit

Who: Emily Maguire
Saturday 7 April, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full Price:
$195; Member: $135; Conc Member: $120

Crime is at the heart of many great novels regardless of where (or whether) that novel fits within the huge and diverse genre of crime fiction. In this workshop, we’ll look at how to create a believable world for your fictional crime to disrupt, how to write characters who go beyond the stereotypes of villain, hero or victim, and how to create and maintain suspense. We’ll also talk about the role of voice in creating atmosphere.

Whether you’re working on a police procedural, a cosy mystery or a novel in any genre with a crime at its centre, the discussions and exercises in this course will help you move your whodunnit to the next level.

Expected learning outcomes:

1. Discover a range of tools to help create complex characters
2. Learn how writers create and maintain suspense
3. Understand the importance of a well-developed setting
4. Understand the ways in which voice helps create atmosphere

Participant Requirements
Pen and paper

About the tutor
Emily Maguire is the author of five novels, including An Isolated Incident, which was shortlisted for the Miles Franklin Award, the Stella Prize and the ABIA Literary Fiction Book of the Year; and the international bestseller, Taming the Beast. She is also the author of two non-fiction books. Her articles and essays on sex, feminism, culture and literature have been published widely including in the Sydney Morning Herald, the Australian, the Observer and the Age.


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