Literary Events

Workshop & Literary Event - Wednesday 13 July 2022

Workshop - Dinuka McKenzie: Antagonists in crime fiction – writing believable villains


Time:  10:15 am to 12:00 pm
  Dixson Room, State Library of NSW
Cost:  Members $35, non-members $45

Join crime fiction author, Dinuka McKenzie for an interactive two-hour workshop on Antagonists in crime fiction – writing believable villains. Writing believable antagonists is a useful skill in any writer’s toolkit, whatever genre you are writing in. Characters that feel relatable and move us, despite the unsavoury actions they might engage in, are far more interesting and poignant to read about than cardboard cut-out villains. In this workshop, participants will dive into how to approach writing characters that we may find difficult or unlikeable in a way that resonates with readers. There will be writing exercises and plenty of time for questions, so make sure you bring your laptop or pen and paper! 

Dinuka McKenzie is an Australian writer and book addict. Her debut crime-fiction manuscript The Torrent won the 2020 Banjo Prize and was published by HarperCollins Australia in February 2022. Her unpublished manuscript Taken was longlisted for the 2020 Richell Prize. She is represented by Alex Adsett Literary. When not writing, Dinuka works in the environmental sector and volunteers as part of the team behind the Writers’ Unleashed Festival. She lives in Southern Sydney on Dharawal Country with her husband, two kids and their pet chicken.


Special Time for Chatting with your Friends

Time:  12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
  Dixson Room, State Library of NSW
Cost:  Free!

Take this opportunity to sit and talk with your friends or even meet someone new in the Dixson Room – totally casual.

Please note: Food and drinks (other than water) cannot be consumed in the State Library but you can grab some lunch and coffee/tea at:

Glasshouse Cafe at the State Library, Macquarie Street
Library Cafe, 1 Shakespeare Place
Cafe Trim, 6 Macquarie Street
or other cafes located in various buildings nearby


Literary Event

Time:  1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Place:  Dixson Room, State Library of NSW
Cost:  Members $20, non-members $35

Member Bites

Five members speak for three minutes about their recent, current or future projects.


Guest Speaker – Larissa Behrendt

Larissa will talk about her writing as an award-winning novelist of fiction and best-selling novelist. She is also a filmmaker, legal academic and indigenous rights advocate. 

Distinguished Professor Larissa Behrendt AO is a Eualayai/Gamillaroi woman and the Associate Dean (Indigenous Research) at the Jumbunna Institute at the University of Technology, Sydney. Larissa won a 2005 Commonwealth Writer’s Prize for her novel Home. Her second novel, Legacy, won a Victorian Premiers Literary Award. Her most recent novel is the best-selling After Story. Her non-fiction works include Finding Eliza, Indigenous Australia for Dummies and Indigenous Australia for Kids. Larissa won the 2018 Australian Directors Guild Award for After the Apology and the 2020 AACTA for Best Direction in Factual Television for Maralinga Tjarutja. She was awarded an Order of Australia for her work in Indigenous education, the law and arts. She is the host of Speaking Out on ABC Radio.


Book and pay:

Workshop:  Members $35, non-members $45
Literary event:  Members $20, non-members $35

Discount for full program (Workshop and Literary Event) when booked together:  
Members $50non-members $75

By Credit card:

or by Direct debit:

      The Society of Women Writers NSW Inc
      BSB: 062 018
      Account:  00950433
      Code:  VM

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      with your name, receipt number and date of event

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