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Online: Beginners Short Story Clinic



Laura Jean McKay




Every story begins with a messy first draft. This beginners clinic is a constructive and supportive environment that will help you identify the strengths and weaknesses of your story, learn the elements of your craft and provide direction for your next draft. Receive direct feedback from your tutor and fellow course participants with this online writing group for those just starting out in short story writing.

Laura Jean McKay

Laura Jean McKay


Stories of up to 1500 words due midnight Wednesdays 30 August, 27 September, 25 October, 15 November, 6 December.

You will learn

  • what makes a short story work
  • how to find your story’s thread
  • characterisation and point of view
  • story structure
  • the art of constructive feedback.

About Laura Jean McKay

Laura is the author of ‘Holiday in Cambodia’ (2013), shortlisted for three national book awards in Australia, including the Asher Award in 2015. Her work has appeared in ‘The Best Australian Stories’, 'Award-Winning Australian Writing' and 'The North American Review' and she won the Alan Marshall Short Story Award in 2011. Laura is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Melbourne.

Read a Q&A with Laura on this website

Online courses

Read 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: Intermediate Short Story Clinic, 26 July

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 29 August 2017 - 10:00
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