Susan Midalia on the Beauty of the Short narrative

Past Event

What makes for a memorable short story? The most essential element is language; regardless of its subject matter, themes, genre or voice, a story must be well written. This workshop will consider the qualities of "good" writing, as well as the four narrative conventions of point of view, characterisation, setting and structure. It will consist of discussion, short writing exercises and Dr Midalia's constructive feedback to anyone willing to read their work aloud. The author will also offer tips for self-editing (Ernest Hemingway: "Write drunk, edit sober”).

Whether you’re writing traditional realist fiction or experimental prose, all you need to bring is a laptop or notebook, a love of language and story, and boundless curiosity about the world.

Susan Midalia is the author of three short story collections, all shortlisted for major Australian literary awards, and two novels. Her most recent publication is Miniatures, a collection of micro-fiction, published by Night Parrot Press.

She has judged numerous short story competitions, and co-judged the Western Australian Premier’s Book Awards, the T.A.G. Hungerford Award, and the ALS Gold Medal.

She is one of three judges for this year’s international Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize.

Dr Midalia is the co-Director of the Australian Short Story Festival, now in its seventh successful year, and is currently curating the next one, to be held in Perth in November. She also works as a freelance editor, a mentor to emerging writers, and a workshop facilitator.

She has recently secured her dream job by working two days a week in the Lane Bookshop.

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Event Details

Time: 1.30pm

Venue: 88 Wood Street Swanbourne, WA 6010

Cost: $96.61

Category: General

Type: General

Audience: All Ages


Contact: Fellowship of Australian Writers WA


Event Date(s)

  • Sunday 21st April 2024 - 01:30 PM to 04:30 PM

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