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Online: Intermediate Short Story Clinic



Steven Amsterdam




At any stage of a writing career, the feedback we receive is either acceptance or rejection, which lacks nuance and usefulness. In this intermediate clinic, regular critiques provide the basis for constructive, independent learning, with the goal of helping you develop as many as five stories over five months.

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Steven Amsterdam


Receive direct feedback from your tutor and fellow course participants with this email correspondence course.

Stories of up to 1,500 words due midnight Wednesdays 26 July, 30 August, 27 September, 25 October, 29 November

You will learn

  • how to identify and fully explore the themes hiding in your story
  • how to put the right authorial voice to work to tell your story
  • how to strengthen the dynamics in each scene
  • how to balance decorative vs functional details
  • how to be ruthless during the editing process.

About Steven Amsterdam

Steven Amsterdam’s work has appeared in ‘The Age’, ‘Best Australian Stories’, ‘Heat’, ‘Overland’, ‘Meanjin’, ‘The Sleepers Almanac’ and ‘Torpedo’. ‘Things We Didn’t See Coming’ was ‘The Age’ Book of the Year and ‘What the Family Needed’ was longlisted for the International IMPAC award. His new novel, ‘The Easy Way Out’, was released in September and longlisted for the Miles Franklin Literary Award.

Online courses

Read more about our other online courses, digital intensives, clinics and webinars:

Online: Digital Novel Intensive, 19 June

Online: How to Write… A Funding Application, 27 June

Online: Poetry Clinic, 12 July

Online: Advanced Short Story Clinic, 12 July

Online: Beginners Short Story Clinic, 30 August

Online: Q&A Day, 5 September

Online: Time Management for Writers, 15 November

Cancellation Policy



Phone: 03 9094 7840
Email: [email protected]

Registration for this event ended on 26 July 2017 - 10:00
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