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Starting and Finishing a Short Story



Paige Clark




In this workshop, you will learn how to write a story from beginning to end. This class will include exercises to help you generate ideas for stories, tips for where and how to end a story and ideas about crafting the work as a whole. Additionally, we will look at what happens after you finish a draft, how to build your own revision process and send out your story for publication.
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You can find details of how Covid-19 restrictions will affect the workshop here: https://writersvictoria.org.au/about-us/covid-19-information/. You are encouraged to wear a mask in the workshop space. The Wheeler Centre’s policy is that close contacts should not attend the building. If you are a close contact of somebody with Covid-19, or have Covid-19 symptoms yourself, please do not attend; please contact [email protected] to arrange a refund in this situation.

You Will Learn:

  • How to start a story, including how to generate ideas and begin writing
  • How to craft a story sentence by sentence
  • Where to end a short story and how to know when you are finished with a first draft
  • How to revise a short story and to create a revision practice
  • How to send out stories for publication and other next steps

About the Tutor:

Paige Clark is a Chinese/American/Australian fiction writer, researcher and teacher. Her first book of fiction, She Is Haunted, was published by Allen & Unwin in 2021 and shortlisted for the Readings Prize and longlisted for the Stella Prize. She has her Master of Creative Writing, Editing and Publishing from the University of Melbourne, where she is currently at work on her PhD.

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Members of Writers Victoria receive up to 37% off the full price of our workshops, seminars and courses. In addition, members have access to a range of other discounts and opportunities and receive a subscription to 'The Victorian Writer' magazine. Memberships start from just $50. Find out more about becoming a member here.

Book early to access our early bird prices! These expire 9 days before the course begins. Please keep in mind that our workshops require a minimum number of participants to run, so booking early also helps ensure that a workshop will go ahead. 

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176 Little Lonsdale Street
3000 Australia


Phone: (03) 9917 8463
Email: [email protected]

Registration for this event ended on 12 May 2023 - 4:00
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