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Writing Novellas



Mirandi Riwoe




Novellas are having a resurgence in popularity, but it’s surprisingly difficult to write with the economy required for a short book that leaves an impact – how do you decide what to include and exclude? This workshop will explain and explore the differences between novellas and other forms, assisting as you hone plots, characters and structures that work within the constraints of this form.
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This workshop will take place online via the Writers Victoria Zoom room. Detailed instructions for participation will be provided.

You Will Learn:

  • what makes novellas different from both short stories and novels
  • how to use space constraints to your advantage
  • ways in which writers before you have explored the novella form
  • how to structure a plot and develop characters for a novella
  • how to edit your novel, selecting what to include and exclude

About the Tutor:

Mirandi Riwoe is the author of the novella The Fish Girl, which won Seizure’s Viva la Novella V and was shortlisted for the Stella Prize and the Queensland Literary Awards Fiction Prize, and the novel Stone Sky Gold Mountain, which won the ARA Historical Novel Prize and the QLA Fiction Prize. Her work has appeared in Best Australian Stories, Meanjin, Review of Australian Fiction, Griffith Review and Best Summer Stories

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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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Phone: +61399178461
Email: [email protected]

Registration for this event ended on 06 October 2023 - 4:00
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