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Winter School – Fantasy and Magic Realism in Short Story



Leanne Hall




A workshop for writers and lovers of strange, odd, magical and unsettling short stories that don’t fit neatly into categories or conventional word lengths. Explore a range of inspirations for fantastical fiction and the tools and techniques to make the unbelievable believable on the page.

Leanne Hall

Leanne Hall


This workshop will be Auslan-interpreted.

You will learn

  • to identify your own individual style and where it sits among fantasy, magical realism and speculative fictions
  • to explore a wide range of inspirations to draw on in future work, from the world of art, myth, science and more
  • techniques to ground your work in the real world while still allowing for fantasy and magic to emerge
  • the importance of character and emotion in non-realistic work
  • potential avenues, conventional and unconventional, for short and strange work.

About Leanne Hall

Leanne Hall is a Melbourne-based author of novels for young people, including the Text Prize-winning ‘This Is Shyness’, ‘Queen of the Night’ and ‘Iris and the Tiger’. Leanne has had shorter pieces published in ‘Meanjin’, ‘Best Australian Stories’ and the anthology ‘Growing Up Asian In Australia’. She has also written for place-based storytelling apps and audio tours. Her work plays with the borders of reality and fantasy.

Take a look at our interview with Leanne about the inspiration behind her surreal stories here on the WV website.

Winter School

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Registration for this event ended on 15 July 2016 - 2:00
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