WotFSC Workshop in Merimbula

Chris standing beside a poster of his Story Structure DiagramThis week I drove to the beautiful seaside town of Merimbula to give a workshop to the Writers of the Far South Coast, organised by the amazing Amanda Dalziel who worked tirelessly to make sure the event was a success.

The workshop: Creating Compelling Characters, ran smoothly thanks to Amanda’s great organisational skills.

Here’s some of the feedback from participants:

“Chris provided the tools I am looking for. Vital keys to character development. Resource use was excellent.”
-Margo

“Thanks. I’ve solved a few problems in my work. It was a shame it wasn’t a longer workshop, like a whole weekend.”

-Mary-Ellen

Chris Andrews standing beside a whiteboard teaching his Creating Compelling Characters workshop“Interesting & insightful.”
-Loretta

“Chris has an engaging presentation style. He is very natural but what I really enjoyed was his excellent use of examples to illustrate his point. Thanks – learnt a lot today.”
-Nikki

“Interesting Presentation – Variety. Attention sustained. Sing us a song, Piano Man. Story structure diagram. Videos – empathy with characters at beginning and/or end. Whiteboard used effectively and responses. Thankyou.”
-Rosslyn Thomas

“Thought provoking with very relevant direct ideas on effective characterisation.”
-Jacqui

“Excellent presentation! I found that Chris had highly worthwhile ideas for construction & development of characters as well as tips for enriching how well you have gone with your writing of such.”
-Peter

“Going through the questions about character/needs & wants, etc. brought me to a realisation of what I need to do with a story that I’m stuck on. Thank you Chris! The main conflict in my story is what the protagonist sees as her life and how her life really is & finally the realisation of what she needs. Very good.”
-Bridget

“I found the workshop helpful and will take a lot away with me. Activities help to cement ideas.”
-Sharyn

“I have a whole universe stored away in the recesses of my mind and a line-up of characters that have lives of their own… they just won’t cooperate and be written down on paper. Chris has made me realise that I don’t have to tell the whole story all at once and that testing the waters with a short story involving my universe and its characters is better than an epic trilogy, at least for now.”
-Amanda

workshop participants seated at desks
Some of the participants of the workshop during a short break

You can find more information about the Writers of the Far South Coast online.

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