ACCLAIMED TASMANIAN author Rohan Wilson will offer advice on creating memorable characters at the first Festival of Golden Words at Beaconsfield next month.
The 2011 Vogel Award-winner will host the workshop Big, Bad, Ugly: Making Your Characters Stick , aimed at fledgling writers, and places are filling fast.
``I'm hoping (attendees) are people who are at the early stages of their career, who are still searching their way out and figuring out their `voice','' he said.
``(Characterisation) is something that inexperienced writers find challenging.''
Wilson's second novel, Toosey, is due to be released mid-year, following his debut The Roving Party .
Australian Writers Network director Irina Dunn will also be offering group and one-on-one sessions with writers on how to improve their manuscripts and get them published, from March 14 to 17.
Wilson's day-long workshop will be held on Friday, March 14, at the Beaconsfield Council Chambers in West Street.
Wilson said Northern Tasmanian readers and writers had been denied the opportunity of a writers festival for too long. ``(Festivals) feed the mind and get you thinking about things in new ways,'' he said.
``You can hear how other writers solved certain problems in their work, or how they developed ideas, or why they write the way they do.''
The festival's full program - which will include more than 70 authors - will be officially unveiled next Friday.
For bookings and more information, visit www.festivalofgoldenwords. com.au.