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Write prose with Bruce Russell

Join the Out of the Asylum Writers' Group for creative writing with Dr Bruce Russell

Bruce Russell presents Claiming Authority as a Fiction Writer: Three classes, with an emphasis on the short story.

What makes short stories work? The best ones seem to come out of nowhere, yet mimic life and somehow reassure us that it is possible to make sense of things.

Drawing on examples from the classics and from contemporary short stories, the series will focus on three aspects of the art: the bold, declarative opening; the sudden, satisfying ending; and what’s in between.

Along with gaining new insights, it is hoped that participants will be inspired to develop their own short story, aiming for a maximum of 3000 words. Drafts will be workshopped in class.

Exemplary stories from the following authors will be studied in class, as follows.

Thursday 6 July: Chekhov.

Thursday 3 August: Some Americans (Joyce Carol Oates, John Cheever, Raymond Carver).

7 September: Some Australians (To be


Classes will be held at Mattie Furphy House, Clare Copse (off Kirkwood Rd) Swanbourne.

Time: 10am - 12pm.

Cost per class: $25 for OOTA members; $30 for non-members.

Pay in cash at each class. 

Bruce Russell is an award-winning novelist with many years of experience in teaching, mentoring and coaching people who want to write fiction and creative non-fiction.

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