Short Story Writing

Short Story Writing

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Short Story Writing – Sydney Course

Do you have a story to tell? Have you always wanted to learn how to write a short story? This course in Short Story Writing investigates elements of the craft short story writing, including: developing characters, voice, setting, dialogue and narrative structure. Participants will discover techniques to overcome writer’s block and engage in activities and exercises that inspire and develop their creative writing potential.

Short story ideas will be generated as well as a consideration of the short story as a particular form. Participants will engage in workshopping activities throughout the course with the aim of producing a minimum of one short story that is ready to submit for publication, in a writing competition or similar.

The experience of short story writing needs to be a joyous and creative one. Classes include the use of meditation techniques to help writers tap into their unique creative potential.

Macquarie Community College also operates from a range of venues across North and Western Sydney. We have campuses in Carlingford, Eastwood, Chatswood, Blacktown, Richmond and many more. Enrol online today or call us to have a chat about your options.

Course Outline

• A history of the short story
• How short is a short story
• The short story form
• Where do ideas for short stories come from
• Beginnings and Endings – the first sentence, the first paragraph
• Creativity and flow
• How to write well-rounded characters
• How to write believable dialogue
• Narrative structure: plot, shape, turning points, tension
• Getting published

Course Outcome

  • At the conclusion of the workshop, participants will have acquired an understanding of the various elements in the craft of short story writing. They will have produced numerous ideas for short stories to continue with on their writing journey. Participants will also have an understanding of meditation techniques to help them tap into their inner creativity and to help overcome writer’s block.
  • The aim of this extended short story writing course is to have a minimum of one short story ready to submit for publication.

What to Bring

Please bring a:

  • Pen, pencil and notepad
  • Light refreshments, drink

Prerequisite: Desirable

  • This course is suitable for both the complete beginner and the more experienced writer wishing to further develop their skills or overcome writer’s block.

Delivery Mode

  • The workshop is delivered in a classroom setting


  • “I have been working on my second book for a while and simply went dry, writers block. And was really thinking anyway that it was not as vivid an expression as it should be of the value I was trying to present. So I put it aside, until I engaged Katherine. Two sessions with her completely changed the path and reignited my creativity. The end result will be a very different and a vastly better product that will enrich many more lives as a result of her input. I am much indebted to her clarity and skills.” Rob Edwards – Keynote Speaker.
  • “Katherine's mentoring and guidance though the creative process in writing my first picture book led to the publication of 'The Bravest Dugong” ... Alec Trost – Author.