Short Story Masterclass

The Short Story Masterclass with Trent Jamieson was fantastic. The day was spent doing writing exercises which we had to read aloud. Nerve racking for sure, but if you want to be a professional writer you will be asked to read your work at some stage. GULP!

One exercise we did used different points of view from each character in the same scene. This helped me learn about the characters in my story. Gabbi, one of the minor characters in my story, decided she wanted more of the stage. I’m not sure she will get more page space, but her personality will be three dimensional in the next rewrite.

What I love about masterclasses is that you need to submit ten pages of your work for critique. This is a great system for two reasons; you have to submit for the deadline (so you need to produce something), secondly, you get a critique on the work submitted.

A critique tells the writer what you think they can do to improve their work. You can point out what you liked and what you didn’t like. However if you don’t like something you need to say why and what you think they can do to improve it. It is then up to the writer whether they want to make any changes to their story.

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4 Responses to Short Story Masterclass

  1. deb says:

    I wantedto find out more about the class you took, so I did a google search and that other site came up.

    • Kelly Hart says:

      Hi Deb,
      The Short Story Masterclass was run by Queensland Writers Centre. I’ve added their link to my blog so that you can have a look if you are interested.
      Let me know if there is anything in particular about the masterclass that you would like to know.
      Trent is a member of Ripping Ozzie Reads blog which I’ll add to the writers links section on my blog. ROR has some great information about writing.

  2. Deb says:

    Just to let you know…i found this entire blog post on another website.

    http://outreach-factory.blogspot.com/2009/02/short-story-masterclass.html

    • Kelly Hart says:

      Hi Deb,

      Thanks for the heads up. I don’t know whether to be flattered or annoyed at this cheeky behaviour.

      Just out of curiousity how did you find out where the blog was from originally? Did they have a link to it?

      Regards,
      Kelly.

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