Elements of the Short Story

Elements of the Short Story

Who: Ryan O’Neill
Saturday 16 June, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full Price:
$195; Member: $135; Conc Member: $120

Join award-winning author Ryan O’Neill for an introduction to the art and craft of writing short fiction. The focus of the course is practical, and will primarily be on expanding and developing participants’ skills in short story writing.

Participants will examine the elements of a successful short story, including themes, setting, characterisation and narrative point of view, and explore these elements through excerpts from model short stories across a range of genres in order to reflect on, discuss, and implement them in their own writing. A range of short writing exercises will develop the skills learned through the day. 

Expected learning outcomes

  1. How to critically engage with and analyse short stories
  2. What elements are required for a successful short story
  3. How to rework writing through constructively criticising their work, and the work of other participants

Participant Requirements
Participants may bring the opening of one of their short stories (no more than 200 words), which may be randomly selected for workshopping, time permitting.

About the tutor
Ryan O’Neill
is the author of The Weight of a Human Heart and Their Brilliant Careers. Born in Glasgow, he lived in Africa, Europe and Asia before settling in Newcastle, Australia, with his wife and two daughters. His fiction has appeared in The Best Australian Stories, The Sleepers Almanac, Meanjin, New Australian Stories, Wet Ink, Etchings and Westerly. His work has won the Hal Porter and Roland Robinson awards and been shortlisted for the Queensland Premier’s Steele Rudd Award and the Age Short-Story Prize. His latest book, Their Brilliant Careers, won the 2017 Prime Minister’s Literary Award, and was shortlisted for the 2017 Miles Franklin Award.


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