Robin HemleyShort Story Masterclass: Beginnings and Endings

with Robin Hemley

Allen & Unwin - Sydney
83 Alexander St
Crows Nest NSW 2065
(Please note access is via stairs)
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The question of where to begin a story and where to end have plagued many a writer with a good idea. A reader may not be drawn into an otherwise good short story because of a flat beginning, or the story can fall flat because of a bad ending. This workshop will explore strategies for beginning and ending your short stories using examples from published works as well as discussion geared to understanding how to 'bookend' the body of your story. Of course, we can't talk about the beginning or ending of your story in much depth if we don't have the rest of the story for reference. So everyone should bring in one story of no more than 3000 words which you'll read from in class. Also, please bring in an admirable beginning of a published short story (not your own) as well as a strong ending.

The masterclass includes:

• A full day's intensive tuition from 10am - 4pm
• Lunch and regular tea and coffee breaks
• A complimentary copy of a recent A&U publication

This masterclass will sell out - book soon to avoid disappointment.

About the tutor

Robin Hemley is the author of 11 books of non-fiction and fiction, and has won numerous awards for his writing, including a Guggenheim Fellowship; three Pushcart Prizes in both fiction and non-fiction; The Independent Press Book Award; an Editors' Choice Award from The American Library Association; State Arts Council grants from Washington, North Carolina, and Illinois; The Ohioana Library Association Award; and residencies at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, The Bogliasco Foundation, Varuna, The MacDowell Colony, and many others. His work has been published in the U.S., Great Britain, Canada, Australia, Japan, Germany, the Philippines, Singapore, and elsewhere.

Among his works are two popular craft books, Turning Life into Fiction, now in its fifth edition, and A Field Guide for Immersion Writing. He has also written two memoirs: Do-Over and Nola: A Memoir of Faith, Art, and Madness; four collections of short stories; a novel; and a book of investigative journalism, Invented Eden: The Elusive, Disputed History of the Tasaday, which centers on a purported anthropological hoax in the Philippines. With Michael Martone, he co-edited the ground-breaking literary anthology, Extreme Fiction: Fabulists and Formalists, and with Hope Edelman, he co-edited an anthology representing the first thirty years of writing from Iowa's Non-fiction Writing Program.

A graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, Robin returned to Iowa to direct the Non-fiction Writing Program for nine years before moving to Singapore to direct the writing program at Yale-NUS College and serve as Writer-in-Residence there. He was also the Faculty Chair of the lowa-residency MFA at Vermont College of Fine Arts, and has been a tenured Full Professor at The University of Utah, Western Washington University, The University of Iowa (where he is now Professor Emeritus), and Yale-NUS College. Robin is also an Adjunct Professor at The Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology.

Please note in the event of unforeseen circumstances, courses - including tutors and venues - may be subject to cancellation or change.