Workshop for aspiring short story writers

14 AUGUST 2015

Would-be short story writers have the opportunity to hone their craft at a special week-long residency led by a CSU English literature academic.

Tegan Bennett DaylightWould-be short story writers have the opportunity to hone their craft at a special week-long residency led by a Charles Sturt University (CSU) English literature academic.

The six-day 'Reading and Writing the Short Story' workshop will be guided by author Dr Tegan Bennett Daylight and will be held at Varuna-The Writers House in the Blue Mountains from Monday 2 to Sunday 8 November.

Dr Daylight is an established writer of fiction and a tutor in English in the CSU School of Humanities and Social Sciences in Bathurst where she has taught since the beginning of 2014. Her new collection of short stories, Six Bedrooms, has been published by Random House Australia recently.

"This will be an intensive writing retreat for anyone serious about developing their appreciation of short stories and the skills required to write them well," Dr Daylight said.

This will be an intensive writing retreat for anyone serious about developing their appreciation of short stories and the skills required to write them well," Dr Daylight said.

"You'll spend a week focusing on the material and approach of some great short story writers as well as working on your own writing. You'll have the benefit of a quiet space, an energised group of like-minded people, and a group leader with fifteen years experience in writing and teaching the short story. Apart from anything else, it should be fun!"

The Varuna Writers House provides private writing studios, accommodation and meals as part of the $1 650 cost of the 'Reading and Writing the Short Story' workshop.

Dr Daylight said the six-day workshop will consist of readings from a range of authors' short stories, individual one-to-one consultations with her, and private writing time for participants to develop their short stories.

Applications close on Thursday 20 August and require an online Expression of Interest detailing applicants' writing experience, aspirations for the workshop, and a sample of their short story in-progress. Anyone interested to enrol in the Varuna 'Reading and Writing the Short Story' workshop can find out more information here. Guidelines and the application form to enrol can be found here.

Media Note:

Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews with Dr Tegan Bennett Daylight (pictured). The photo of Dr Daylight is by Blue Mountains photographer Bette Mifsud.

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