Bring your characters to life with one of the best in the business. Critically acclaimed novelist, screenwriter and fellow of the Royal Society of Literature Nikesh Shukla is here not just to help you to create characters, but to complicate them too.

Drawing from Your Story Matters, his new book on the craft of writing, Nikesh will cover everything from developing your character’s appearance and their emotional register to considering the function of their story arc within a larger narrative. Whether your characters are relatable or repulsive, this workshop is a must for any budding writer.

About The Artist

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Nikesh Shukla

Nikesh Shukla is a novelist and screenwriter. He is the author of Coconut Unlimited (shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award), Meatspace and the critically acclaimed The One Who Wrote Destiny. Nikesh is the editor of the bestselling essay collection, The Good Immigrant, which won the reader’s choice at the Books Are My Bag Awards. He co-edited The Good Immigrant USA with Chimene Suleyman. He is the author of two YA novels, Run, Riot (shortlisted for a National Book Award) and The Boxer (longlisted for the Carnegie Medal). Nikesh was one of Time Magazine’s cultural leaders, Foreign Policy magazine’s 100 Global Thinkers and The Bookseller’s 100 most influential people in publishing in 2016 and in 2017. He is the co-founder of the literary journal, The Good Journal and The Good Literary Agency. Nikesh is a fellow of the Royal Society Of Literature and a member of the Folio Academy. Nikesh’s new book, Brown Baby: A Memoir Of Race, Family And Home was released on Bluebird in February 2021. He is also the host of the Brown Baby Podcast. Nikesh’s latest book on writing craft, Your Story Matters, will also feature at the festival.