Meet the writers: Justine Sless

Justine Sless is an award-wining writer, comedian and creative director of Melbourne Jewish Comedy Festival. She has written for Funny Women UK, Jewish Women of Words and The Jewish Report. Justine is doing her Masters in creative writing at La Trobe University on gender and comedy and is writing a collection of short stories and a novel set in North East UK about comedy. Justine’s comedy is described as ‘biting sarcasm and razor sharp wit’ as well as ‘freshest, most original’.

Justine will be discussing ‘Survival’ with Stephen Pham on Sunday Nov 5 at 10:30am.

It’s not too late to book a last minute weekend or day pass for the festival! Tickets still available for purchase here.

Meet the writers: Lynette Washington

Lynette Washington is a short story writer, editor and teacher of creative and professional writing. She holds a PhD in Creative Writing from the University of Adelaide. Her stories have been published widely and in 2014 she edited the story collection, Breaking Beauty. In 2017 she co-edited the story collection, Crush. Plane Tree Drive is her debut. When she is not writing, she teaches police cadets the importance of sentence structure and grammar.

Lynette will be launching her debut collection of short stories, Plane Tree Drive, at the festival on Saturday Nov 4 at 5:30pm (more details here – all welcome!)

Lynette will also be discussing ‘The short story cycle’ with Rebekah Clarkson on Saturday Nov 4 at 9:30am, and ‘Deconstructing structure’ with Susan Midalia at 9:30am on Sunday Nov 5.

It’s not too late to book two or one day passes to the festival – we’d love to see you there!

The Short Story and the Art of Suggestion by Susan Midalia

There are still some places left in Susan Midalia’s short story workshop on Friday 3 November from 2pm – 5pm.

We are thrilled to have Perth’s Susan Midalia as a very special guest of the 2017 Australian Short Story Festival. She is a much loved and highly regarded member of the Western Australian literary community, having judged several literary awards, including the Western Australian Premiers Book Award, the T.A.G. Hungerford Award, the Margaret River Press Short Story Competition and the Katharine Susannah Prichard Award.

She has edited fiction by highly respected writers, including Gail Jones, Kathleen Fallon and Marcella Polain.

Her own short fiction, including her most recent collection, Feet to the Stars, has been highly acclaimed.

‘She is at her best in the kind of semi-domestic realism associated with Katherine Mansfield, where fleeting moments of realisation or transcendence take place among the teacups and gardens of people’s ordinary lives.’   Kerryn Goldsworthy, Sydney Morning Herald

‘Susan Midalia is a gifted architectural engineer of the short story, building structures of daily life, crafted with care and measured experience.’ West Australian

Susan has a PhD in contemporary Australian fiction and is a talented teacher of creative writing. Her workshop participants universally give her glowing reviews and we are certain that you will too!

In this workshop, Susan will use a range of writing exercises and examples from published writers to equip you with the strategies to create memorable, layered stories.

Susan says, ‘Having fun is also mandatory!.’

For more information, please check out the programme, and to book tickets, click here.

Short story workshops – Friday November 3

Places are filling fast for our short story workshops, being held on Friday November 3 as a part of the 2017 Australian Short Story Festival. There are still a small number of tickets available for each workshop, so if you are thinking about booking a place, we encourage you to get in soon! Tickets are available to purchase here, or click on the links below for further information about each workshop.

Susan Midalia – 2pm-5pm

Tony Birch – 10am-1pm

Lucy Durneen – 2pm-5pm

Carmel Bird – 10am-1pm

All workshops will be held in the Hawke Building at UniSA City West Campus.

Meet the writers: Sean Williams

Sean Williams is a #1 New York Times-bestselling author of over one hundred and twenty short stories for adults, young adults and children. As well as his original fiction, he has contributed to shared universes such as Star Wars and Doctor Who and collaborated with other writers. His short stories have been gathered into six collections, including Magic Dirt: The Best of Sean Williams, which won the 2008 Aurealis Award for Best Collection. He lives in Adelaide with his wife and family and a pet plastic fish.

Sean will be joined by Lisa L. Hannett to discuss ‘Speculative fiction’ and the short story on Saturday Nov 4 at 9:30am, and ‘The spaces in between’ with Alex Skovron at 11:50am on Sunday Nov 5.
Purchase tickets here.

Need a place to stay in Adelaide?

If you’re travelling from interstate to Adelaide for this year’s Australian Short Story Festival, or if you’re just wanting to make a special occasion of the weekend by staying in the city, our hotel event partner, Holiday Inn Express Adelaide City Centre, is just a short walk to the festival HQ at UniSA City West Campus. You can check availability and book a room here or click on the image below.

Meet the writers: Rebekah Clarkson

Rebekah Clarkson is a fiction writer, editor, mentor, sessional academic and teacher of creative writing. Her novel-in-stories, Barking Dogs (Affirm Press), is set in Mount Barker, South Australia. Her short stories have appeared in journals such as Griffith Review, Best Australian Stories, Australian Book Review and Something Special, Something Rare: Outstanding Short Stories by Australian Women (Black Inc.). Her stories have been recognised in major awards in Australia and overseas, including the ABR Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize, Fish Publishing Short Story Prize and Glimmer Train’s Fiction Open. She has a BA in Aboriginal Studies and an MA and PhD in Creative Writing from the University of Adelaide. She has taught short story writing at the University of Adelaide and at the University of Texas at Austin.

Rebekah will be delivering the closing address of the festival, on Sunday Nov 5 at 4pm. She will also be discussing ‘The Short Story Cycle’ with Lynette Washington on Saturday Nov 4 at 9:30am, and ‘On Being Edited’ with Andy Kissane on Sunday Nov 5 at 1:40pm. Book now.

Meet the writers: Susan Midalia

Susan Midalia is the author of three collections of short stories, all shortlisted for major Australian literary awards: A History of the Beanbag, An Unknown Sky and Feet to the Stars. Her first novel, The Art of Persuasion, will be published in 2018. Susan is also a freelance editor and an experienced facilitator of writing workshops, and is currently a board member of Margaret River Press and writingWA.

Susan will be conducting a workshop on Friday Nov 3 at 2pm – for more details click here.

On Saturday Nov 4 at 11:50am, Susan and Roanna Gonsalves will be discussing ‘Closure’ in short fiction, and on Sunday Nov 5 at 9:30am Susan will be joined by Lynette Washington for a session on ‘Deconstructing Structure’. Tickets available here.

Meet the writers: Lucy Durneen

Lucy Durneen is an English writer currently dividing her time between the UK and Australia. Her first collection of short stories, Wild Gestures, was published by MidnightSun in 2017, winning Best Short Story Collection at the Saboteur Awards in London in May. Her fiction, poetry and essays have been published across Europe, the U.S and Asia, and her creative non-fiction broadcast on BBC Radio 4.

Lucy will be leading a workshop during the festival, on Friday Nov 3, at 2pm. Click here for more details.

On Saturday Nov 4 at 4pm, Lucy will join Stephen Pham in a discussion of the role of ‘The Outsiders’ in short fiction. Lucy will be discussing her award winning book of short stories, ‘Wild Gestures’ on Sunday Nov 5 at 11:50am. Book your festival pass here.

Meet the writers: Tony Birch

 Tony Birch is the author of Shadowboxing (2006), Father’s Day (2009), Blood (2011), The Promise (2014), Ghost River (2015) and Common People (2017). His novel, Blood, was shortlisted for the 2012 Miles Franklin award, while Ghost River won the Victorian Premier’s award and was shortlisted for the New South Wales and Queensland literary awards.

Tony will running a workshop during the festival, on Friday Nov 3, at 10am. Click here for more details.

Tony will also be delivering the opening address of the festival, at 6:30pm on Friday Nov 3, and discussing his latest book of short stories, Common People, at 1:40pm on Saturday Nov 4. Tickets available here.

The Australian Short Story Festival is an annual festival celebrating short stories in written as well as spoken form