How to Write a Short Story in One Day

How to Write a Short Story in One Day

Leave the classroom with a complete short story

This course is ideal if you want to: discover what you’re really capable of







Starts Saturday 23 June 2018 , 10am–4pm
One day
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You enjoy writing fiction – but you find it challenging to finish your stories. In this workshop, you’ll walk away with your very own completed short story. You might even be able to enter it into competitions or submit to anthologies.

With the guidance of multi-award-winning short story writer and novelist Angela Slatter, you’ll experience a dynamic and interactive day full of creativity and writing.

Whether you want to write crime, romance, fantasy, women’s fiction – or any genre in between – this is a day that will get your creative juices flowing. And you’ll have a lot of fun as well.

You’ll also cover important factors in writing fiction including:

  • Creating characters
  • Plotting a short story
  • What you need to know about structure
  • Whether you have the right point of view
  • Ensuring your theme fits your story
  • How to write compelling dialogue
  • Tips for breaking writer’s block

And much more.

The first two-thirds of the workshop will be a mix of lecture, practical exercises and writing sprints, and in the last session all drafts will be workshopped by the class.

Bring your ideas, your writing implements, and your enthusiasm. This course is a rare chance to have quarantined writing time under the guidance of a mentor (no interruptions from family or work!). You’ll take away a completed short story and a whole bunch of writing tools to stand you in good stead for the rest of your career.

Your guide and coach for the day
Dr Angela Slatter is a presenter at the Australian Writers’ Centre. She is the author of the urban fantasy novels Vigil (2016), Corpselight (2017), and Restoration (2018) (Jo Fletcher Books/Hachette International). She is also the author of eight short story collections, including The Girl with No Hands and Other Tales, Sourdough and Other Stories, The Bitterwood Bible and Other Recountings, and A Feast of Sorrows: Stories.

She has won a World Fantasy Award, a British Fantasy Award, a Ditmar, and six Aurealis Awards.


We’ll bring the world-class course content, industry-savvy presenters and a diverse community of like-minded people.
You just bring yourself.