The Beginning, Middle, and End: Crafting Short Stories

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A portrait of Tony Birch, a man with medium peach skin and white hair. He is standing in a lounge room and has a slight smile on his face. There is a banner reading 'booked out' across his chest

A portrait of Tony Birch
02 October 2021 - 10:00 to 4:00 PM
Tony Birch
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 and participants will be introduced to published stories that provide excellent examples of style, form, structure, character and plot. We will also work with ‘sketching’, observational work and consider what may be regarded as the ‘germ’ of a story and the challenge of shifting ideas to the page to produce a completed draft. 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 Tony Birch

In 2021 Tony Birch will publish the poetry collection, Whisper Songs and the short story collection, Dark As Last Night. His previous books are the novels The White Girl, Ghost River and Blood, and the short story collections Shadowboxing, Father’s Day, The Promise and Common People. His website is:


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176 Little Lonsdale Street
Melbourne, VIC 3000

Phone: 0390947840
Concession $ 135.00
Member $ 155.00
Non-member $ 215.00
Donation $ 0.00

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