Building Character Workshop in Byron Bay

Here are the details for my ‘Building Character’ workshop at the Northern Rivers Writers Centre, Byron Bay on 1 April. We’ll be playing with my new multimedia brainstorming app, Story Scrapbook, before its release and exploring lots of fresh tools for character creation. The NRWC is at and 02 66855115


This workshop is designed for beginning and emerging writers.

All great stories have brilliant characters. tristan-bancks-webBut how do writers and filmmakers create their characters? Are they found objects, gently extracted using delicate tools? Or are they built and developed, consciously, from the ground up? How does the writer let characters evolve truthfully without forcing them to be inauthentic in the service of plot?

In this hands-on, one-day workshop participants use memory, performance, illustration, people-watching, storyboarding, image-gathering, collaboration and the written word to create memorable, multi-layered characters that will inspire a short story to be written by the end of the day. Participants will go home with a slate of new characters, a new story and a toolkit filled with fresh characterisation tools.

TRSITAN BANCKS tells stories for the page and screen. His background is in acting and filmmaking. His new books are Galactic Adventures, First Kids in Space (UQP) and My Life and Other Stuff I Made Up (Random House). He has also written the Mac Slater books (Random House Australia, Simon & Schuster US) and the Nit Boy series. Tristan loves telling fast-moving stories for young people and inspiring others to create. Story Scrapbook, his new multimedia story brainstorming app, will be available by donation from his website in April. To find out more about Tristan and his writing, visit 

locationSCU room, Byron Community Centre
date and time10.00am-4.00pm (Sunday, 1 April) ticket price$70 NRWC members; $85 non-members


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