Distil every sentence

Photo of Laurie Steed
Laurie Steed
19 June 2018
Laurie Steed

“When writing, it’s essential to distil every sentence to its shortest, purest form,” says WV tutor Laurie Steed.

Laurie is an author of award-winning literary fiction from Perth. His stories have been broadcast on BBC Radio 4 and published in Best Australian Stories, The Age, Meanjin, Westerly, Island, The Sleepers Almanac and elsewhere.

He won the 2012 Patricia Hackett Prize for Fiction and is the recipient of fellowships and residencies from The University of Iowa, The Sozopol Fiction Seminars, Varuna, Writers Victoria, The Katharine Susannah Prichard Writers' Centre and The Fellowship of Writers (WA).

Update: Laurie will be running a fully-online Intermediate Short Story Clinic for Writers Victoria from July 2018.

Laurie's writing tip

Photograph of Laurie Steed with the following text: "When writing, it's essential to distil every sentence to its shortest, purest form. When revising, even more so. Include only what absolutely needs to be said and ensure that every detail, where possible, subtly echoes the greater themes and obsessions of your story."