Humans are hardwired to value storytelling. We seek stories the same way we seek out meaning; in the events that happen to us, in history and in the daily news. Award-winning novelist and memoirist Kathryn Heyman (Fury) helps you take a kernel of truth and turn it into a work of art: a novel, memoir or captivating work of narrative non-fiction. Leave with a clear sense of how to get to the core of your story and how to make it sing.

Once you have booked an online workshop, information on how to participate will be emailed to you by 12 April. If you have any queries, please email us at

Sydney Writers’ Festival is sponsoring one place per workshop for writers who may not otherwise be able to participate. Find more information and an online application form.


Kathryn Heyman (Australian)

Kathryn Heyman

Dr Kathryn Heyman is the author of the memoir Fury published in Australia and the UK in May 2021. Her previous novels include Storm and Grace and Floodline. Her work has won and been nominated for awards in Australia and the UK including the Scottish Writer of the Year Award, the Wingate Literary Prize, the West Australian Premier’s Literary Awards, the Orange Prize and the Arts Council of England Writers Awards. As founder of the Australian Writers Mentoring Program, she has guided many writers from idea to publication, including many award-winners. She received the 2017 Copyright Agency Author Fellowship for Fury and is an Honorary Professor of Humanities at the University of Newcastle.