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Singapore Writers Festival 2018
WORKSHOP How to Create Compelling Characters for Young Adult Fiction by Kass Morgan

How do you create vivid characters who speak to teen readers? Examine character drives and emotional arcs with Kass Morgan, book editor and acclaimed author of the bestselling YA series, The 100. There will be exercises designed to help you sharpen the characterisation.

This workshop is suitable for emerging writers.

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4 Sept 2018, 9am - 30 Sept 2018, 11:59pm

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4 Sept 2018, 10am - 30 Sept 2018, 8pm

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1 Oct 2018, 12am

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1 Oct 2018, 10am

  • English

Approximately 1 hour 30 minutes

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  • Admission is subject to tickets produced at the entrance.
  • Infants in arms or children below the age of 6 shall not be admitted.
  • Children 6 years and above must purchase ticket for admission.

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  • No Flash Photography, Video recording and Audio recording is allowed for this event.

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Event Date
Sun, 4 Nov 2018


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