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Characters come in all forms, and good writers understand that the best stories come from characters wanting or needing something. They also understand that finding a satisfying plot can be challenging.

Imagine taking a less logical approach to character-driven writing — a more organic way of looking at characters. Imagine not creating, but discovering your main character, complete with back story, motivations, and a partly-completed journey.

Using easily accessed resources, award-winning writer James Roy shares a method he has developed over more than 25 years of working in schools, writing centres and universities around the world, guaranteeing that you will find a character and a story that works for you, since you’re the one choosing, unearthing and unpacking it.


120 minutes


“I learnt more about writing in one afternoon than I’ve learnt in ten years of school.” — Jeremy, Year 10, Australian International School, Singapore 

“It’s amazing! The [postcards] are like tiny short stories on their own, but they help me imagine a character with a story that I just want to tell.” — Amy, 15, Talented Young Writers day, The Literature Centre, Fremantle.

“Wow, what a resource! It’s so simple, but I can see that it’s going to help these kids so much.” — Alison, supervising workshop teacher, Somerset Celebration of Literature, Queensland.

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  • Education Program Type: Incursion, Online/Streamed
  • Suitable Stages:Stage 3, Stage 4, Stage 5, Stage 6
  • Organisation Support: Lesson Resources
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