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Writing Character: A KYD Writers’ Workshop with Hannah Kent and Rebecca Starford

Characters are the beating heart of most stories – but what makes some characters more compelling than others? How do you create a unique voice for your narrator or protagonist? This day-long workshop will introduce a variety of strategies that can be used to create well-developed, complex characters. Read more »

[SOLD OUT] Plot: A KYD Writers’ Workshop with Hannah Kent and Rebecca Starford

‘If they aren’t in interesting situations, characters can’t be major characters, not even if you have the rest of the troop talk their heads off about them.’
So said PG Wodehouse about plot. This day-long workshop is designed to teach techniques and approaches to developing a compelling, engaging and original storyline. Read more »

Polishing Your Draft: A KYD Writers’ Workshop with Hannah Kent and Rebecca Starford

Completing a first draft is often only the beginning of a journey to publication. What follows it is the crucial – and often troublesome – process of rewriting, redrafting and crafting your manuscript for submission to publishers. This day-long workshop is designed to explain the importance of rewriting, and will teach efficient techniques and approaches to redrafting your work-in-progress to make it shine. Read more »

[SOLD OUT] So You Want To Write: A KYD Writers’ Workshop with Hannah Kent and Rebecca Starford

This day-long workshop is designed for those who wish to write seriously, but may be having difficulties in beginning or maintaining a focused creative writing practice. ‘So You Want To Write’ is a workshop designed to instil confidence in writers and to give them a renewed understanding of what is required to begin, continue or complete a writing project. Read more »

Highbrow vs Lowbrow: Hannah Kent defends Highbrow Literature

I understand why many people have a problem with highbrow literature. ‘Intellectual snobbery’ is a common accusation, as though the reason people read and write the stuff is solely to intimidate their dinner guests. ‘Highbrow literature is for wankers,’ I hear them say. Well, ladies and gentlemen, so is Fifty Shades of Grey. Read more »

The KYD Highbrow vs Lowbrow Cultural Showdown

Please join us at the Emerging Writers’ Festival for a very special cultural showdown: Kill Your Darlings: Highbrow vs Lowbrow. Read more »

See Kill Your Darlings at the Sydney Writers’ Festival!

The 2014 Sydney Writers’ Festival officially kicks off Monday 19th May. You can catch two members of the Kill Your Darlings team at the following events. Read more »

Burial Rites and The Stella Prize: an interview with Hannah Kent

As we continue our weekly Kill Your Darlings Stella Shortlist Book Club, Hannah spoke with KYD Deputy Online Editor Veronica Sullivan about Burial Rites, the Stella Prize, and the importance of women’s only writing prizes. Read more »

Going by the book in 2014

As January draws to a close, I suppose it’s finally time to accept that the holiday period is well and truly over (it takes some of us a little longer than others to acknowledge the rude and sudden resumption of Real Life). For booksellers, the reality generally … Read more »

KYD No. 13 Teaser: “Keep Calm and Carry On”: An Unexpected Path to Publication

For the first KYD No. 13 teaser, our very own deputy editor Hannah Kent reflects on the process of writing her highly anticipated debut novel Burial Rites. To read the rest of Hannah’s frank and fascinating piece, grab a copy of Issue Thirteen, released 9th April. Just … Read more »