Summer School: Short Story

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Wayne Macauley
14 January 2018 - 10:00 to 4:00 PM
Wayne Macauley
Early, Emerging
Gain a deeper understanding of the craft of short fiction writing. Explore some of the key elements of the form and analyse what makes a great work of short fiction.

What can be achieved, for example, in under 2,000 words that could never be achieved with a novel? Work towards the completion of your own short story through in-class writing exercises and guidance from the tutor.

You will learn:

  • about the short fiction form: from folk tales and fables to contemporary fiction
  • about the distinguishing features of the short fiction form, particularly when put up against the novel
  • an analysis of some of the key elements that go towards making a great work of short fiction
  • some practical tips towards starting and structuring your work
  • an overview of short fiction publishing today.

About Wayne Macauley

Wayne Macauley is a Melbourne writer who has had numerous works of short fiction published in a variety of magazines and journals. He is a former winner of The Age Short Story Competition and has appeared in the 'Best Australian Stories' and 'New Australian Stories' anthologies. His short fiction collection, 'Other Stories', was published in 2010. He has also published five novels: 'Blueprints for a Barbed-Wire Canoe', 'Caravan Story', 'The Cook', 'Demons' and, most recently, 'Some Tests'.

Wayne shared his thoughts about short story writing with us in a Q&A. You can read it on this website.

Read more about our Summer School workshops:

Summer School: Writing for the Education Market, 12 January
Summer School: The Art of Criticism – Giving and Receiving Feedback, 13 January
Summer School: Crime, 15 January
Summer School: Writing Picture Books, 16 January
Summer School: Going Indie – Successful Self-Publishing, 17 January
Summer School: Ekphrasis – The Art of Writing from Art, 18 January
Summer School: New Year, New Novel, 19 January
Summer School: Mastering the Personal Essay, 20 January
Summer School: Editing Your Novel, 21 January
Summer School: Memorable Romance Characters, 22 January
Summer School: Writing Conflict in Literary Fiction, 23 January
Summer School: World Building, 24 January
Summer School: Pitching Memoir and Non-Fiction, 25 January

Event registration fee
Concession member $ 135.00
Member $ 145.00
Non-member $ 195.00

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