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Learn how to write a short story with our creative writing short courses online & 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.

Learning outcomes

By the end of this short story writing course, you should 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 narrative voice that makes an engaging work of creative nonfiction

What will be covered in this creative writing course?

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 also:

  • workshop the range of themes that emerge from a consideration of those works
  • explore how to look at everyday life as an opportunity for stories
  • look at the narrative voice that makes an engaging work of creative nonfiction
  • practise writing a short piece to share with the group (optional)

The emphasis of this workshop is to help people start writing, to find the stories from your individual experiences. While there is practical writing time included, the course is not intended to be a technical writing workshop, so detailed critique of your writing style is not included.

Ideal for...

This short story writing course is suitable for beginners and students with some creative writing experience.

Course venue

Rozelle Campus

2A Gordon Street, Rozelle NSW 2039 (corner of Gordon St & Victoria Rd in the grounds of St. Joseph's Church)

If driving, there is no entry into Gordon Street from Victoria Road. Last block on your right before Victoria Road. Pedestrian access is opposite Prince Street.

What to bring to class

  • Please download the notes from the link in your confirmation email
  • Also bring a pen & notebook, or a device for writing in class.

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Creative Writing Course: Stories Short & True

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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: Course and tutor very welcoming, engaging and encouraging. Presented info, examples and exercises with support to brainstorm ideas and write a short piece... Highly recommended.

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

  • 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!

  • said: What I enjoyed most about the course was the people I met and hearing their stories at the end. The instructor has a clear passion for writing, but I was expecting more content and instruction...