Beginnings, Middles & Endings Course – Melbourne, Australia. 13th & 14th November 2018.

melbourne-966467_640 (1)13-14 November 2018.
9.30AM – 5PM, both days.

Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne.
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Tuition: $650 AUD. 50% deposit secures.


Claire Keegan, internationally acclaimed author and fiction-writing teacher, will direct this, her most popular fiction writing course, using a novel and two short stories to demonstrate and explore the mechanics of fiction writing and narrative structure.

  1. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  2. “The Displaced Person” by Flannery O’Connor
  3. “A Small, Good Thing” by Raymond Carver
  4. We will also refer to Jane Campion’s adaptation of Portrait of a Lady.

How do stories begin? How and why does an author make an incision in time and build tension? How is a reader drawn into a narrative? We will also explore the much-neglected middle; the trunk of the story, its denouement and turning points. And ask if endings natural: why do stories need to end, to find a place of rest? The discussion around endings will focus on falling action, emotional consequences and inevitability. Participants will also examine the differences between the short story and the novel.

This weekend will be of particular interest to those who write, teach, read or edit fiction — but anyone with an interest in how fiction or reading works is welcome to attend. To book your place, contact


Prose writing workshop – 19 & 20 November, 2018. Melbourne, Australia.

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19 & 20 November, 2018. 9.30 – 5.30.

Swinburne University of Technology, 
Melbourne, Australia. 
To book, contact
Tuition: $650 AUD.
Manuscript deadline: 8 November 2018.


Claire Keegan, internationally acclaimed author and teacher of creative writing, will direct a 2 day prose-writing workshop. This weekend will concentrate on works-in-progress submitted by the participants. Manuscripts (novel excerpt or short story of up to 3,000 words) are due on or before November 8, distributed to every participant, and read with care by all. Keegan will spend between 3-5 hours on each text before the workshop begins, and will then examine and discuss every text with the group. Discussion will include the structure of a narrative, paragraph structure, tension versus drama, melodrama, statement, description, suggestion, conflict, character, humor, point of view, place and time. The aim, always, is to help each author with the next draft. The workshops will be of particular interest to those who write, teach, read or edit fiction or non-fiction — but anyone with an interest in how prose works, improving their prose and/or helping others to do so, is welcome to attend. While most participants like to submit a manuscript, this is not a requirement.