Short Story Writing

Never get time to write? Stuck in a story and don’t know which way to turn? Jumpstart your writing practice and your writing project, as well as hone some of the skills required for this exacting and inspiring art. Limber up with a range of writing exercises and then carve out free writing time with the goal to leave the workshop feeling that you have made progress.

Short stories are action under the fluro spotlight, moments caught and ideas distilled. They capture spirit and rely on razor-sharp observations and tightly knitted details to quickly establish the scene and introduce characters. The short story writer is an editor at heart, someone who knows how to cut away the dead wood to reveal the shimmering core of the story. Limber up with exercises designed to wring the juice out of a story idea and enjoy time to think and write. Suitable for anyone wanting to write fiction or short-form material that works online in this attention-deficit age, writers who want to reconnect with work in progress or limber up as they prepare to start a project.

Tutor: Barbara Sweeney

Barbara Sweeney is a natural teacher, an enthusiast of the short story, especially the work of William Trevor, and a career writer (in her work she has produced deadly boring annual report content, upbeat tourism pieces and glowing restaurant reviews). She leads with knowledge and experience of the writing process and follows up with empathy – there is no doubt that writing can feel like a lonely and rocky road – to lead writing workshops that will challenge, motivate and inspire. Barbara works as a freelance writer for newspapers and magazines across many subjects, from interior design to food. She has written stories, from instruction ‘how-to’s on hanging a door to the history of canned food. She holds a BA Communication and a Dip. Ed, but recalls pub sessions more than lecture content. She has completed courses in Features Writing at UTS, Writing for Radio at AFTRS and creative, short story and genre classes at The Writers Centre. While she tries to be funny, when it comes writing she’s deadly serious.