In this workshop, Miles Franklin winner Sofie Laguna focuses on different ways you can create compelling and original characters with engaging stories to tell. Sofie demonstrates how deepening your knowledge of character can help you overcome the challenges of plot, tone, structure and style. Come prepared to write and to consider your characters in unexpected ways, and leave with new characters to explore.

Sofie Laguna (Australian)

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Sofie Laguna's second novel for adults, The Eye of the Sheep, won the 2015 Miles Franklin Award. It was shortlisted for the Stella Prize and longlisted for the IMPAC Dublin International Book Award. Sofie’s first novel for adults, One Foot Wrong, published throughout Europe, the US and the UK, was longlisted for the Miles Franklin Award and shortlisted for the Prime Minister’s Literary Award. Sofie is now an award-winning author for both children and adults. Her many books for young people have been published in the US, the UK and in translation throughout Europe and Asia. She has been shortlisted for the Queensland Literary Award, and her books have been named Honour Books and Notable Books by the Children’s Book Council of Australia. Sofie’s recently released third novel for adults, The Choke, was shortlisted for the Victorian Premier's Literary Awards.