Author to share golden words

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.

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