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Creating Your Cast of Characters

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3rd March 2021 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm



Every author has the same ambition: for readers to become totally immersed in your book and connect with the cast of characters you've created, following their every step and then imagining their lives beyond the final page. 

Join author and poet Patience Agbabi us for this workshop dedicated entirely to the craft of creating complex characters that strike a chord with your intended readership, and insight into the art of developing character arcs. This session makes up part of our inaugural online Children's & YA Fiction Festival, and attendees can expect a practical session involving writing exercises and discussion. 30 minutes will also be reserved for Q&A. 

Exclusive Content

All attendees reserving a place at this event also receive free access to An Introduction to Children's Publishing in 2021, a video interview with Alysoun Owen, Editor of the Writers' & Artists' Yearbook and the Children's Writers'  & Artists' Yearbook. A link to the interview will be circulated by email ahead of the festival, and remain available to view for one week. 

Speaker Profile

Patience Agbabi’s poetry has been featured on radio and TV worldwide. She has spent over 20 years celebrating the written and spoken word and she was nominated one of the UK’s ‘Next Generation Poets’ (2004).  Her work has appeared in a broad range of anthologies, on TV and radio, The London Underground and human skin. Her poem, ‘The Doll’s House’, was shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best Single Poem 2014.  Patience studied English Language and Literature at Oxford University, and is a former Poet Laureate of Canterbury. The author of five books, a novel for middle graders The Infinite (Canongate, 2020) and four poetry collections including Telling Tales (Canongate, 2014), which is a vivid retelling of Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales for the 21st century and was shortlisted for the Ted Hughes Prize for New Work in Poetry 2014 and was a Wales Book of the Year (2015).

“The liveliest versions of Chaucer you're likely to read” Simon Armitage

Booking & Event Details

All workshops are available to purchase separately but come as part of our Children's & YA Fiction Festival 2020.

The workshop fee of £30 (inc. VAT) is payable in full online and includes a £5 charitable donation to the National Literacy Trust.

This is a live online event which will be presented using video conferencing software. Joining instructions and full guidance will be provided by the W&A Team a week before the event start-date.

All materials used by the author in the workshop session will be available for us to share with attendees at the author's discretion.

If you would like to book three workshops, you can do this at a special combined price of £70. W&A Admin will contact all customers booking at this special price w/c 22nd February to confirm their workshop choices.