ONLINE WORKSHOP: Crafting Short Stories

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a portrait of Mark Smith, a man with medium peach skin and light hair. He is standing in front of the ocean.

A portrait of Mark Smith
02 October 2021 - 10:00 to 4:00 PM
Mark Smith
The course will engage participants with the practice and craft of the short story. We will discuss what it is that constitutes the short form with particular reference to published stories by Tony Birch, Cate Kennedy and E Annie Proulx. Writing exercises will focus on establishing setting, character and plot - and the importance of your first paragraphs. We will also work with ‘sketching’ and consider how the ‘germ’ of a story can lead to the production of a completed draft. Towards the end of the day we will have time for questions and troubleshooting of short story roadblocks. The program will be suited to writing students at all levels from ‘beginners’ to published writers.

You will learn:

  • How to ‘sketch’ an idea, from the moment of stimulation to the page
  • The qualities that produce a successful short story
  • The vitality of plot, character and structure
  • The importance of place/landscape as character within a story
  • The importance of discovering your own ‘method’ and work ethic as a writer​


About Mark Smith

Mark Smith lives on Victoria’s Surf Coast. His debut novel, The Road To Winter, was published in 2016. The sequel, Wilder Country, won the 2018 Australian Indie Book Award for YA. The third book in the trilogy, Land Of Fences was released in June of 2020. Mark is also an award winning writer of short fiction, with credits including the 2015 Josephine Ulrick Literature Prize and the 2013 Alan Marshall Short Story Prize, and his work has appeared in Best Australian Stories, Review of Australian Fiction, The Big Issue, The Victorian Writer and The Australian.


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If you’re purchasing a full price workshop at $215, consider a full price one-year membership ($75) plus member-priced workshop ($155) will cost just $230 and give you discounts on all our services plus a year's subscription to ‘The Victorian Writer’ magazine.

And if you have a concession card, a one-year membership ($55) plus member-concession workshop ($135) will cost you only $190.


Phone: 90947840
Concession $ 135.00
Member $ 155.00
Non-member $ 215.00
Donation $ 0.00

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