Building Stories: from character to structure to story

More than any other audience, teenagers crave story. Pace, structure and suspense are vital ingredients of the young adult novel, and must work hand-in-hand with your characters and their themes. What is your inciting incident? How much information does the reader need, and when? How should you structure your story? What does your protagonist want? What are your antagonising forces? Are they strong enough? This is where knowledge of classic storytelling techniques comes in.

This story design masterclass will help you lay strong foundations for your story or novel. Focusing on narrative structure and character development, you will learn the key principles of storytelling and receive practical advice on how to make your story compelling. It’s ideal for writers who have a manuscript in progress and/or a clear premise and plot outline to work from.

Supported by experienced teacher and award-winning novelist Lili Wilkinson, as well as your fellow students, these classes will involve instruction on the principles of classic story design, writing exercises, discussion, workshopping and revision time.

By the end of the class, you will have a greater insight into why classic story design works, how to apply the principles to your own work (or ignore them) and essential storytelling techniques that will give you the confidence to continue your writing.

Please note this workshop is for writers with a novel or story aimed at middle to young adult readers, and is not suitable for picture book writers.

Booking information:

Date: Saturday 24 May, 2014
Time: 10am – 3pm (5 hours, including lunch)
Cost: $190
Venue: 100 Story Building, 92 Nicholson St, Footscray 3011. We are next to the Commonwealth Bank on Nicholson St Mall.
This masterclass is limited to 15 students.

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For credit card bookings, click here. For payment by direct deposit, call 03 9094 7844 or email info[at] to secure your spot.

About the presenter:

Lili Wilkinson is the award-winning author of eight novels for teenagers, including Scatterheart and Pink. She used to work at the Centre for Youth Literature at the State Library of Victoria, where she established and curated the Inside a Dog website, the Inky Awards and the Inky Creative Reading Prize. She’s currently studying for her PhD at Melbourne University. Her latest book is The Zigzag Effect. You can find her on a variety of social networks, or at