Creative Writing Workshop With Kim Philley

Budding authors are being invited to get creative and put pen to paper to create a compelling short story during an intensive writing workshop with acclaimed author Kim Philley.

The four-week course is aimed at those wanting to start or finish a short story and will explore issues such as what it takesto write a great short story, where unforgettable characters come from and how to structure disjointed scenes in a short story.

Two weeks will be spent on character, focusing on point of view and character-driven detail. The final two weeks will look at plot, taking in structure, character-driven plot and building tension through a sense of urgency.

Attendees must have an interest in writing but do not need to have written or had anything published. They will need to have access to Google Drive and a printer. Homework will also be handed out so expect an additional two to four hours per week work for reading, critique, and writing.

Philley was born in Singapore and grew up in Indonesia, Thailand and Virginia. Her writing has featured in a raft of publications, including the New York Times, Indiana Review and Epiphany. She has also reported on the Cambodian-Thai border war at Preah Vihear temple for the Caravan. As a former Henry Hoyns Fellow in poetry at the University of Virginia, Philley has taught creative writing there and at Boise State University.

Session one of the course takes place on Tuesdays, from May 27 to Jun. 17. Session two runs every Wednesday from May 28 to Jun. 18, and the third on Thursdays between May 29 and Jun. 19. All take place at Botanico GastroBar, Street 294, from 6pm to 8pm.

Each class is limited to six people so booking is recommended. It costs $65 for the course. For more information, email kimphilley@gmail.com or phone 070 214 102.