Online: Writing and Revising Short Stories
Wednesday 3 February to Tuesday 9 February 2021, online
Full Price: $210
Conc Price: $135
This one-week online course with award-winning author Roanna Gonsalves enables participants to enhance their understanding of the short story form and to refine their craft in order to create engaging and delightful short stories. Participants need to start the course with a draft of a short story (500 to 2000 words) for workshopping.
Each lesson within the course is designed to work on developing specific skills, including the shape of short stories and the use of language, leading participants through the process of refining an early draft of a short story. Be prepared to ‘kill your darlings’ and to do lots of writing.
This course involves submitting short writing exercises, and giving and receiving peer feedback, as well as receiving some tutor feedback.
If you’re new to short story writing or looking for a refresher on the foundational techniques, Getting Started with Short Stories is for you. You can complete this short on-demand writing course at any time, and learn the process for creating a first draft.
Expected Learning Outcomes
Participants will learn:
- How to think about the shape of short stories
- How to use fresh language and avoid clichés
- How to refine an early draft of a short story
Participants must have a short story draft of 500 to 2000 words (or an excerpt of a longer story) to workshop during the course.
We’ve designed this online course to meet your learning needs. You can work through the lesson material, ask questions, and engage with fellow writers throughout the course. Internet access and confidence using basic computer software are essential for this program. Read our FAQ before enrolling.
Please expect to spend a minimum of six hours on the course, noting that the amount of time needed to read, respond to discussions, write, revise and critique will vary from person to person.
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About the tutor
Roanna Gonsalves is the author of The Permanent Resident (UWAP) published in India and South Asia as Sunita De Souza Goes To Sydney (Speaking Tiger). The book won the NSW Premier’s Literary Award Multicultural Prize 2018 and was longlisted for the Dobbie Literary Award 2018. Her writing has been compared to the work of Alice Munro and Jhumpa Lahiri. Her […]