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Clinic Workshop: Drafting a Short Story



Julie Koh




This workshop, which can be taken independently or as part of the Online Short Story Clinic, will take you through exercises and techniques for drafting strong short stories. If you’re new to writing or keen for a refresher, this day will give you a solid foundation and sense of confidence in constructing short fiction.
A photo of Julie Koh.


This season, Writers Victoria’s Online Feedback Clinics have been reimagined, making them more flexible for participants. For the full experience, you can sign up for a workshop to get started and meet your tutor before you submit work for feedback from the tutor and your peers across a three-month period via our online forum. If you’d prefer to just dip a toe into the clinics, you can sign up for a one-day workshop; if you’re more confident in your drafting skills, you can opt, instead, to focus solely on the feedback rounds. 

This page is for those who wish to sign up for the workshop only. For more information on our online feedback clinics, please read our FAQs

This workshop will take place online and will be recorded, with the recording sent to registered participants afterward. Detailed instructions for participation will be provided in the week preceding the event.

You Will Learn:

  • how to start out with short fiction
  • ways to improve the capacity of your short fiction to grab the attention of the reader
  • techniques to enhance plot, structure and characterisation in your short stories
  • ways to strengthen voice in your short stories
  • to have more confidence in your ability to generate new fiction over a sustained period of time

About the Tutor:

Julie Koh is the author of Capital Misfits and Portable Curiosities. The latter was shortlisted for several awards and led to Julie being named a 2017 Sydney Morning Herald Best Young Australian Novelist. Her short stories have been published widely, including in the Best Australian Stories and Best Australian Comedy Writing. She has written radio plays for ABC Radio National and the libretto for Chop Chef. She was a judge for the 2018 Stella Prize and the 2022 USQ Steele Rudd Award.

Covid-19 restrictions:

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.

Not a Member?

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. 

Cancellation Policy




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

Registration for this event ended on 09 February 2024 - 4:00
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