Who are you writing about and why do they interest you? Or perhaps more importantly, why will others be interested in them? Different lives present different challenges, but accurately answering these questions is integral to the biographer’s task. Join award-winning writer Judith Brett (The Enigmatic Mr Deakin and From Secret Ballot to Democracy Sausage: How Australia Got Compulsory Voting) in this half-day workshop on research and writing strategies to achieve the delicate balance between staying true to sources and crafting a compelling story.

This year, Sydney Writers' Festival is sponsoring one place per workshop (20 spots across the week) for writers who otherwise may not have the access to participate. To be considered for a position, please complete an application form by 12 April. Selected participants will be notified by email from the week starting 15 April. 

Judith Brett (Australian)

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Judy Brett writes about Australian contemporary politics and political history for a general readership. She has written a great deal about non-labour politics in Australia, with books on Robert Menzies and the history of the Liberal Party, as well as her recent prize-winning biography of Alfred Deakin and three Quarterly Essays. She contributes to The Monthly and The Conversation. She taught politics at La Trobe University for more than twenty years, retiring in 2012. Her most recent book is From Secret Ballot to Democracy Sausage: Why Australia has Compulsory Voting.