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Paula Weston: Writing Workshop: Get that short story working!

Session Info:

This session provides a clear and practical overview of the key elements of short story writing, plus hints and tips on how to write with creativity and originality.

Many students start a short story full of enthusiasm and then struggle to develop tension in the narrative – or know how to end it. This session will provide advice on overcoming those challenges.

The session can cover all or some of the following topics depending on time availability and lesson focus.


  • Classic three-act structure (why it works, particularly in terms of tension and resolution)
  • Tone
  • Mood
  • Voice
  • Characterisation
  • Sense of place
  • Dialogue
  • Beats
  • Pace

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