Advanced Short Story Workshop

Advanced Short Story Workshop

Who: AS Patric
Saturday 14 October, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full Price:
$180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Committed beginners and early to established

This advanced workshop will take short story writers through an intensive study of the craft and techniques essential for writing unique and vital stories.

Explore character development, narrative function, voice and tone, ideas and aesthetics specific to short stories, with a focus on how to deploy these skills practically. Move away from literary mimicry with a renewed awareness of the clichés of conception and form.

The discussion will be warm and inclusive, exploring a range of genres and styles, but always with a focus on the art of fiction.

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • An understanding of the narrative dynamics that create compelling short stories
  • A better idea of how to develop characters with integrated, integral narratives
  • Practical knowledge of the Australian literary market for local short story writers

Participant Requirements
Three stories (links below) are recommended reading before the workshop: these freely accessible stories will assist in workshop discussion. There will be writing exercises, so please bring pen and paper.
Edgar Keret – ‘Creative Writing’

Ottessa Moshfegh – ‘An Honest Woman’

TC Boyle – ‘Chicxulub’

About the tutor
AS (Alec) Patric‘s novel Black Rock White City won the 2016 Miles Franklin Literary Award. He is a winner of the Ned Kelly Award and the Booranga Prize, and is the author of Las Vegas for Vegans, a short story collection shortlisted in the Queensland Literary Awards. He is also the author of The Rattler & other stories, and is publishing The Butcherbird Stories in 2018—his third collection. His stories have featured in The Sydney Morning Herald, Meanjin, Overland, Southerly, Island, Quadrant, in over 20 other literary journals, and in Best Australian Stories 2010 and 2012.


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