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Learn how to write a short story with our creative writing courses in Sydney.

What do Helen Garner, Tim Winton, and David Sedaris have in common? They have all written about small snippets from their life and turned the stuff of the everyday into art.

Join us for a one day workshop to learn how to embrace moments from your life and spin them into a true short story. You’ll consider themes such as your family, your most surprising day, your greatest life passion and your relationship with nature, for example, the sea. You will learn how to craft your memories into a short and true story.

Outcomes

After attending this short story writing course, you will have:

  • gained a greater knowledge of the variety of works of creative nonfiction
  • learned how to identify opportunities for stories in everyday life
  • an understanding of the techniques and styles that make an engaging work of creative nonfiction
  • learned how to start writing a short creative nonfiction story using material from your own life

Course content

  • We will look at short creative nonfiction stories by significant authors including Helen Garner, Tim Winton and David Sedaris. In particular, Helen Garner’s True Stories, Tim Winton’s Island Home and David Sedaris' Naked.
  • We will workshop the range of themes that emerge from a consideration of those works.
  • We will explore how to look at everyday life as an opportunity for stories.
  • We will look at techniques and styles as to what makes an engaging work of creative nonfiction.

Please come prepared...

Please bring a pen and notebook.

Classes

Creative Writing Course: Stories Short & True

<p><strong>Learn how to write a short story with our <a href="https://www.sydneycommunitycollege.edu.au/courses/Arts/writing-creative-writing-courses-classes-sydney">creative writing courses</a> in

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$199 Limited inc GST / $159.20 / $179.10
Creative Writing Course: Stories Short & True

<p><strong>Learn how to write a short story with our <a href="https://www.sydneycommunitycollege.edu.au/courses/Arts/writing-creative-writing-courses-classes-sydney">creative writing courses</a> in

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$199 Limited inc GST / $159.20 / $179.10

If there isn't a class to suit you, please join our waitlist and we will notify you when we have places available. Join waitlist for Creative Writing Course: Stories Short & True

If there isn't a class to suit you, please join our waitlist and we will notify you when we have places available. Join waitlist for Creative Writing Course: Stories Short & True

Great reasons to enrol in a short course with us

Small classes

A personal approach means quality learning, so you can enjoy plenty of interaction with your instructor and the chance to ask questions.

Short & sweet

Our short courses & workshops get straight to the point, providing the skills you need with minimal commitment of your precious time.

Facilities & equipment

Our range of venues suit every type of course, are easy to get to, and have the equipment and tech needed to support your learning.

Easy, secure enrolment

Enrol online 24/7 with a safe, convenient 3-step process, and you can change your mind up to 7 days before class starts.

Quality instructors

Our educators bring first-hand experience and knowledge, with up-to-the-minute practices from diverse industries.

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Course testimonials:

  • said: Good group of participants and tutor did a great job. The course provided me basic elements and gave me direction to creative non-fiction writing. Thanks.

  • said: It was an interesting and well-run course

  • said: Really enjoyed the day, very productive and very life changing. Thank you.

  • said: The skills of the tutor and the cohesivness of the group who responded to the tutor and her knowledge, patience, openness and passion for her subject.

  • said: For me writing is often a chore but, with our tutor's skilful guidance, starting to write creative non-fiction was a joyful and liberating experience. Thank you Elizabeth!