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Online Feedback Clinic: Advanced Short Story



Rashida Murphy




A short story ought to sustain both attention and imagination – a great short story leads the reader into a world where attention to detail is sustained by economy, complexity and depth. Rashida will guide writers to combine elements of the personal and social imaginary to create layered, nuanced stories. Some visual and word prompts may be provided to explore the links between language and form. There will be targeted feedback for improving your writing.
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Pieces of up to 1500 words due 26 July, 30 August, 27 September, 25 October , 22 November.

Our Online Feedback Clinics are asynchronous, with no face-to-face meetings, allowing you to engage with the content at the times of day and week that suit your schedule. They are hosted on our private Wordpress server. There will be an optional Zoom introduction to the clinic website for those less confident with technology, which will be recorded for those who cannot attend live. For more information on our online feedback clinics, please read our FAQs

You Will Learn:

  • How to create passionate, flawed, and believable characters.
  • How to link critical moments to key points in the story.
  • How to experiment with unfamiliar ideas, myths and traditions.
  • How to harness the power of brevity and economy without sacrificing the beauty of language.
  • How to explore multiplicity and hybridity.

About the Tutor:

Rashida Murphy is the author of the novel, The Historian’s Daughter (UWA Publishing) and a book of short stories titled The Bonesetter’s Fee & Other Stories, forthcoming in 2022 with Spineless Wonders Publishing. Rashida’s stories, poems and essays are widely anthologized. She has judged several literary awards including the WA Premier’s Literary Awards. Rashida also mentors emerging writers. She lives in Boorloo/Perth with a multilingual cat and a monolingual husband.

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Phone: 03 90947895
Email: programadmin@writersvictoria.org.au

Online Feedback Clinic: Advanced Short Story

This event has only 12 space(s) left. If you continue and register more than 12 people (including yourself ), the whole group will be wait listed. Or, you can reduce the number of people you are registering to 12 to avoid being put on the waiting list.

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Please provide a brief (100 word) bio listing your writing experience (i.e. publications, shortlists, writing groups that you belong to), your strengths as a writer and the kind of stories you love to read. Please include one thing you’d like to take away from this course. This bio will be provided to the tutor (Rashida Murphy), so she can target her support and feedback, and to your classmates.
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