Short Fiction Intensive with Irma Gold

    2pm-4pm Saturdays: 16 July, 23 July, 30 July, 6 August, 13 August, 20 August  

    So you’ve written some short stories, but you want to bring your writing to the next level. You want as much feedback as possible to help you develop your craft, and you’d like to meet other writers at a similar stage.

    After a highly successful series last year, established author and editor Irma Gold will once again guide these six small-group workshopping sessions to help develop your writing, editing and critiquing skills.

    Irma Gold is an award-winning author and editor. Her short fiction has been widely published in literary journals, including Meanjin, Island, Westerly, Review of Australian Fiction and Going Down Swinging, and in anthologies, most recently in Australian Love Stories, edited by Cate Kennedy





Events & Workshops

How to Use History in Your Novel with Gillian Polack

10am-4pm Saturday 9 July

In this course you will examine this, and then look at what kinds of history and historical research work best with what kind of novel. Gillian will discuss the differences between the past the reader sees and the one the historian knows and how writers can bridge this gulf (or choose not to). You will also look at writing techniques you can use to make history come to life.

Gillian Polack has five published novels, two anthologies, a co-authored book about the Middle Ages, seventeen short stories, and a historical cookbook. 

Writing Science Fiction with Ian McHugh

10am-4pm Sunday 17 July     

This practical workshop is aimed at writers with an interest in science fiction or who are already developing their craft in the genre. Covering the key aspects of the genre it includes segments on world-building, creating alien creatures and characters, future and alternate technology, turning science into stories.

Ian McHugh is a short story writer who won the grand prize in the international Writers of the Future contest and has been shortlisted five times at the Aurealis Awards, winning in 2010.


Writing for Newspapers, Magazines and Online with Chris Sheedy

10am-4pm Saturday 23 July

A one-day masterclass in journalism, blogging and content marketing, run by an expert who has lived and breathed professional writing for the last 20 years. If you thought it was impossible to earn a great living from freelance writing, think again.

Chris Sheedy has been published regularly in The Sydney Morning Herald, Virgin Australia Voyeur, The Australian Magazine, GQ, In The Black, Management Today, Men's Fitness and countless other big-brand publications.

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