Brisbane-based short story expert Stephen Irwin will present ‘It’s not the length, it’s what you do with it: Writing the short story’ and guide participants through the essential ingredients needed to craft a compelling short story.
SCLA president Hari Kotrotsios said the workshop was the second of two being held to help writers as they prepared entries for the Association’s WARM Writers Competition in 2010.
“The SCLA aims to nurture, showcase and celebrate literary talent on the Sunshine Coast by continually holding events that educate writers in the different genres and provide skills development. We also seek to recognise talent with our competition,” Hari said.
“This year’s competition has four categories and with a cost of just $5 per entry it is easy to be a part of it. This workshop, and the one in February ‘Architecture of the Novel’, aim to help writers get cracking on their entries,” she said.
Hari said the SCLA was privileged to have been able to attract such a talented writer to present this workshop.
Stephen Irwin has lived in and around Brisbane, Queensland all his life. At an early age, he was discovered to be a notably lousy swimmer and an outstandingly poor cricketer, but fortunately he found and fostered a love of reading and writing. His tertiary study in film production led to a career in restaurant and handyman work.
He says his love of writing overcame his interest in cupboard repairs. His portfolio of documentary and film projects resulted in a reputation as a respectable, if shabbily dressed, screen-writer and director. His short stories, films and poems have won numerous national and international competitions and awards. THE DEAD PATH is his first novel.
The Short Story workshop will be held on Saturday, 20 March from 9.30am to 3.30pm at the Lake Kawana Community Centre, Sportsman Parade, Bokarina. Working face-to-face with Stephen will inspire writers through discussions about this different, exciting genre.
The cost is $55 for SCLA members and $65 for non-members. Participants are asked to bring their own pen and paper and lunch or they can drive to nearby shops during the lunch break. For bookings phone 0414 635 407, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.scliterary.org for more details.
Details about the WARM Writers Competition are also available on the SCLA website www.scliterary.org.