The Garret Series: Short Story

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Ryan O'Neill
14 April 2018 - 10:00 to 4:00 PM
Ryan O'Neill
A short story masterclass with a master of the form.

What makes a short story sing? Ryan O'Neill will guide you through the elements of short fiction, including characterisation and narrative point of view through close reading and writing exercises. Consider excerpts from model short stories across a range of genres in order to reflect on, discuss, and implement those techniques in your own writing. Participants are encouraged to bring a short story they are currently working on in order to further workshop it in class. Exclusive to Writers Victoria members.

You will learn

  • how to write an engaging beginning to a short story
  • the elements of characterisation
  • the importance of point of view in a short story
  • how to take a plot in an unexpected direction
  • how and why to experiment with form and style.

About Ryan O'Neill

Ryan O’Neill is the author of 'The Weight of a Human Heart' and 'Their Brilliant Careers'. He was born in Glasgow in 1975 and lived in Africa, Europe and Asia before settling in Newcastle, Australia, with his wife and two daughters. His fiction has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies including 'The Best Australian Stories', and 'Meanjin'. His latest book, 'Their Brilliant Careers: The Fantastic Lives of Sixteen Extraordinary Australian Writers', was shortlisted for the 2017 Christina Stead Prize and the 2017 Miles Franklin Award, and won the 2017 Prime Minister’s Literary Award for fiction. He teaches at the University of Newcastle.

About The Garret Podcast

The Garret is not a podcast about individual books, nor is it designed to promote a writer's latest publication. It is a series exploring how the best of the best start, draft, complete and market their writing. The Garret was born in Melbourne, a UNESCO City of Literature. And it is supported by our community. Writers Victoria is proud to partner with The Garret, alongside the State Library of VictoriaReadings and Swinburne University.

Registration fee
Concession Member $ 205.00
Member $ 245.00
Donation $ 0.00

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