Lee Kofman

Lee Kofman is the author of four books, including the memoir The Dangerous Bride (Melbourne University Press, 2014) and co-editor of Rebellious Daughters (Ventura Press, 2016), an anthology of memoir featuring prominent Australian authors. Her short works have been widely published in Australia and overseas. She teaches and mentors writers.

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Craft, Issue #2

An Exercise: Turning Yourself Into a Character

Beginning, or just bad, memoirists often try to present themselves as ‘likeable’. Yet the more conflicted and honest about our flaws we are on the page, the more likely our stories are to appeal to readers. The most important thing is not to shy away from putting on the paper all those things we often hide in social interactions – those quirks that are unmistakably ours, the hidden thoughts and eccentricities that set us apart and show our most fundamental dilemmas.

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