Revising Your Short Stories
A self-paced, on-demand course from award-winning author Roanna Gonsalves
Enhance your understanding of the short story form and refine your craft in order to create engaging and delightful short stories.
In this self-paced, on-demand course, you’ll develop specific skills and insights into short story writing, including how to understand the shape of stories, and how to use language more creatively. As you progress through the course, you'll undertake a series of exercises to refine an early draft of a short story. Be prepared to ‘kill your darlings’ and to do lots of writing.
This course is appropriate for writers who have completed at least one short story draft, and who want to sharpen their creative writing skills through revision and redrafting.
In this three-hour course from award-winning short story author Roanna Gonsalves, you will:
- Learn how to think about the shape of short stories
- Develop your ability to use fresh language and avoid clichés
- Complete a variety of exercises to refine an early draft of a short story
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Course level: Aspiring, Emerging
Roanna Gonsalves is the author of The Permanent Resident, published in India and South Asia as Sunita De Souza Goes To Sydney. The book won the NSW Premier’s Literary Award Multicultural Prize 2018. Roanna holds a PHD and has been teaching and supervising creative writing students. She is a recipient of the Prime Minister’s Australia Asia Endeavour Award and is co-founder co-editor of Southern Crossings.
StartSculpt Your Story
StartFocus on Your Verbs
StartExercise 3.1 Verbs, Verbs, Verbs
StartUse Fresh Language
StartExercise 3.2 Freshen Up
StartExercise 3.3 Diving In
StartDarlings Big and Small
StartExercise 3.4 Sentence-level Darlings
StartWhat to Leave In? What to Take Out?
StartThe Iceberg Theory
StartExercise 3.5 Story-level Darlings