19-22 April 2019, Friday-Monday
Short Story Writing - Starting with Setting
On this course you will gain a better understanding of how to write compelling short stories using setting - place and time - as your starting point. Whether you are writing contemporary short stories set in familiar places; historical fiction (including recent history); science fiction set in imaginary worlds; or stories set in physically challenging environments, what your characters are permitted, required and expected to do will differ, and thus begins your story.
Rather than starting with characters and their problems, this course will look at the conflicts a setting provides, including social, cultural and physical, and use those to tell people the story. It will explore ways of creating vivid story worlds, using sensory and era or time specific detail, and will consider how a setting can be used as a metaphor for characters' problems.
The course is suitable for writers at all stages in their writing journey, from those just starting out to those looking at ways of stretching their writing. Discussions and exercises will enable attendees to look at writing from a new angle.
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