Silja Swaby, half Jamaican, half Finnish, is a marine biologist and author. Funded by Arts Council England, she has won competitions, and been placed in prizes and awards. She is working on a series of futuristic thrillers, featuring a female biologist whose quiet academic life takes a drastic turn. Silja has taken creative writing courses at Cambridge University and more recently Yale University, USA.

Silja tutors writers, gives workshops, and provides a critique service. She is happily unmarried and lives in deepest Somerset, UK.

Silja Swaby is pronounced Sil-yah Sway-bee.

September 06, 2013

Lesson 1. Character and conflict

My first lesson of the course for Sherborne Arts Link is character and conflict. Everyone likes to read about interesting, vivid characters who get into genuine scrapes, have dilemmas to make your guts churn and whose love life is far from straight forward. I can't wait to meet the participants and the characters they will bring to life.

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