Introduction to Short Story Writing

Weedy TypewriterThis Saturday, from 10:30am to 12:00pm, I’ll be presenting “Introduction to Short Story Writing” at the Bracken Ridge Library on behalf of the QWC.

The advertising blurb:

Explore the tropes and structures of short fiction during an exciting workshop for budding short story writers with Queensland Writers Centre.

I’ll be sharing:

  • why I love short fiction and the advantages of writing it
  • the different forms
  • the mechanics and anatomy
  • and a few tips on how to write compelling short fiction

Even though it’s only 90 minutes there will be plenty of opportunity to get fingers a little inky.

Places are free, but limited.

All bookings via Bracken Ridge library on 3667 6060.

Ballarat Workshop


Would You Look at My Story?

Critiquing Skills for Fiction Writers

3 hours theory/discussion/practical exercises


Writers accept that receiving feedback is an essential part of the writing process, however most shy away from the actual task of critiquing, afraid they’ll do more harm than good, or not knowing exactly how or where to start. I share my skills, experiences and insights to provide writers  with practical skills and knowledge to tackle the process of critiquing with confidence, armed

What is Covered?

  • What is Critiquing
  • The Benefits of Critiquing
  • Reasons to Critique
  • Reasons not to Critique
  • Exorcising Bad Critiques of Past
  • The Six Rules of Engagement
  • What to Put in a Critiquing Brief
  • Where to Get Critiqued
  • How to Write a Critique
  • What to Look For
  • Practical Critiquing Exercise


  • Places are limited to ensure the highest level of interactivity between the participants and myself, so please book early.
  • Please bring with you a pen and something to write on.
  • We need to vacate the premises at 1:00pm but I am happy to meet with the participants for a casual lunch in a nearby cafe if anyone has any recommendations.
  • For more about me and my passion for running this workshop see my official workshop page.


Booking can be made by paypal or content me direct jodi[at] for direct debit details. Ballarat Writers Centre members are eligible for a discount. When filling out the enrolment form, please put your membership details to validate your discount!

$45.00 (standard)

$40.00 (Ballarat Writers Centre members)

Gearing Up For Workshops

At the end of February I am off to Ballarat, my home town and site of many teenage escapades, for my 20 year high school reunion. For those who are regular readers… yes, that explains my #fridayflash Lily Lillian from two weeks ago. While I am in Victoria I am hoping to run one of my critiquing workshops,  firstly because workshops are a buzz, and secondly, I’m facing up to finding new and inventive ways to bring money in.

I ran my first workshop as part of the Logan Writers Week last year. It seemed like a good place to start, given I have never taught before (even though the Registrar of the high school I worked in a decade ago, said I missed my calling as a teacher? I was employed there as a Behaviour Management Officer… now stop that sniggering!) I thought I would ease into it with perhaps five or six people, so I was gobsmacked and not a little unnerved when I discovered the day before the workshop, 19 people were booked in. Nothing like a sink or swim moment.

I loved every moment… I can see the thrill of teaching, especially when you have a captive audience who are there to learn. And the feed back was so overwhelmingly positive, I decided I’d try my hand at a few more workshops this year. In fact without too much effort I’ve already had two people from last year’s workshop offer to write a testimonial to accompany the information about the workshop. One lady said she could write thousands of words… exactly how many did I want!

To assist me on my way, I’ve created a new page, detailing exactly what I do in a critiquing workshop. Now to start emailing writing groups and festivals, and generally spreading the word.

The awesome cartoon at the beginning is the infamous Inky Girl by Debbie Ridpath Ohi, used under the nominated Creative Commons License. And yes, it is the first rule of critiquing, even the worst story has something good in it.