Every story starts with a moment of inspiration — and a great opening sentence.
W. Somerset Maugham — also a pretty nifty short story writer — once quipped that “there are three rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately, nobody seems to know what they are.”
But what if there were rules for writing the kind of short story you love reading, and others might too? What if these rules were distilled from the writings and teachings of some of the world’s best writers? And what if they’d been tested to see if they could result in publishable work?
In this entertaining, engaging and enlightening workshop, writer, broadcaster and academic Sunil Badami will reveal his Golden Rules for Writing a Short Story, which he gleaned from some of the world’s best writers and tested by writing six short stories in six weeks — all of which were published in some of Australia’s most prestigious literary journals and anthologies.
You’ll not only learn these practical and applicable rules to write better short stories, but read some great examples of brilliant short story writing and get some insider tips on how to get your work published.
Date: Wednesday 24 August Time: 10am — 4pm Where: Habitat, Meeting Room 1, 1 Porter Street, Byron Bay Cost: $145/110 Members & Students
About the Facilitator
Sunil Badami is a writer and broadcaster. He’s written for publications including The Sydney Morning Herald, Good Weekend, The Australian, The Monthly, The New Daily, Australian Gourmet Traveller, Art and Australia, Southerly, Island, Westerly and Meanjin. His work has been published in Australia and overseas, including in Best Australian Stories and Best Australian Essays. He presented the national ABC Local Radio show Sunday Takeaway as well as writing, producing and presenting a number of documentaries for Radio National, and continues to appear regularly on ABC radio and TV. He teaches at the University of Technology, Sydney and is currently editing his once-lost first novel for publication. Find out more at www.sunilbadami.com