Workshop: Anatomy of a Novel – The French Perfumer

In by Shelley Pisani

with Amanda Hampson

Have you ever wondered how a novel set in the past is written? How much research is needed? How historic elements are used to underpin fiction?

Join Amanda Hampson for a fascinating journey through the writing of ‘The French Perfumer’, set in 1950s France, as she unravels these mysteries and more, offering a candid insight into the writing process. Inspiring and entertaining, Amanda will take you behind the scenes through from the first idea to the creation of characters, research, and development of the style, right through to the polishing process. Participate in a series of writing activities, and find out about the experiments, dead ends and eureka moments that produced this delightful novel.

This workshop runs for 2.5 hours. Ticket price includes morning tea. Lunch will be available for purchase.

About Amanda

Growing up in rural New Zealand, Amanda Hampson was determined to be a writer from an early age. She moved to London in her twenties where she fell in love with British literature and developed a fascination for the complexities of British culture. Eventually settling in Australia, she has a particular interest in the themes of place, family and the meanings of home. The Olive Sisters was Amanda’s best-selling debut novel, followed by Two for the Road. Her most recent novel, The French Perfumer was released by Penguin in February 2017.

If you’d like to join us for lunch, you will need to pre-order online:  ALOWISHUS delicious – lunch order

  • October 8, 2017
    9:00 am - 12:00 pm


Venue Phone: (07) 4150 7177

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University Drive (off Isis Highway), Bundaberg, Queensland, 4670, Australia

WriteFest takes place at CQUniversity's Bundaberg Campus, Building 5.