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 an award-winning author, 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 third of the day will be a mix of lectures, practical exercises and writing sprints. The remainder of the day will be dedicated to writing sprints and workshopping.
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 in Brisbane. Her third novel Restoration is being released in 2018. Her first, Vigil, was followed by Corpselight. She is also a master of short stories and has authored eight short story collections, including The Girl with No Hands and Other Tales, Sourdough and Other Stories, The Bitterwood Bible and Other Recounting, Black-Winged Angels, Winter Children and Other Chilling Tales and A Feast of Sorrows: Stories. Angela has won a World Fantasy Award, a British Fantasy Award, one Ditmar Award, and six Aurealis Awards.
Nicole Hayes is a presenter at the Australian Writers’ Centre in Melbourne. She's an award-winning author whose recent book, A Shadow’s Breath (Penguin Random House 2017) is currently garnering acclaim. She is also a writing instructor who has taught writing for more than six years at universities, TAFEs and schools around Australia, including four years teaching Creative Writing at University of Melbourne. She has been a popular presenter at the Australian Writers' Centre since 2012.