What’s it all about?
A short story is an art form in economy and use of words. Writing a short story gives you the opportunity to try a new form, find your voice and style, refine your storytelling skills, and create a portfolio for future publication. Most importantly it builds your confidence because you are embarking on a self-contained incident that uses all fictional elements to develop your writing toolkit.
What will we cover?
We will look at the structure of a short story, great and not so great openings and endings, fictional elements needed to write an effective scene, and publication markets for short stories. This class will be a mix of theory and writing exercises that will give participants the opportunity to plan and develop their own short story, and then look at publication opportunities.
Who will be teaching?
Amra Pajalic is a novelist, short story writer, and educator. Her short stories have been published in anthologies, journals and placed in awards. She runs writing workshops and is completing a Graduate Diploma in Secondary Education. Her debut novel The Good Daughter won the 2009 Melbourne Prize for Literature’s Civic Choice Award, and she is co-editing an anthology to be published by Allen and Unwin in February 2014.