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 19, 2013

The first lesson is...character and conflict

Today was the first Sherborne Arts Link session at the Digby Hall - Kick Start Your Creative Writing. Wonderful participants and everyone ready to take on board character and conflict. The half hour spent finding out about each other and where everyone was with their writing was time well spent. Then it was down to the aspects needed for building a great character. Motivation, tags, protagonists, antagonists, minor characters and the all important arc - how the character changes at the end. Next week is theme.

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