A Short-Story Writing Workshop with Australian Author Karenlee Thompson

WHEN: Wednesday, 10 August, 10am – 1pm

WHERE: Main & Station, 168 Main Street, Parrsboro

* COURSE FEE: $ 25 + hst

REGISTRATION: To sign up email [email protected]

* Proceeds from this workshop contribute to the ongoing repairs and upkeep of the Main & Station Nonesuch facilities and help support our arts residency programming.

Short-story writing is an art unto itself. Australian author Karenlee Thompson facilitates this 3 hour workshop, “How to Look Good in Shorts”, designed to provide participants with practical advice on structure, characters, and hands-on critiquing exercises to whip their short-stories into perfect shape. 

Aspiring writers will be provided with tools to source ideas and turn them into captivating stories suitable for publication or competition entry. The class is designed principally for short stories, but most of the ideas and processes apply equally to novel-writing. Participants will have the opportunity to work on character development and experiment with structure, style and tone, and learn how to effectively critique.


  • Introduction
  • Ideas – from light bulb to words on a printed page
  • Character development (why Cinderella didn’t slap her sisters) 
  • To hook or not to hook – different methods to draw interest 
  • Structure, style and tone 
  • Mixed critiquing session 
  • General discussion 

Karenlee Thompson is an Australian-born writer of fiction, non-fiction and poetry. She is the author of the bushfire-themed collection of short Fictions (Flame Tip) and her work has been published in a variety of magazines and anthologies in Australia (The Big Issue, The Weekend Australian) and around the world (The Fish Anthology, Sonder Magazine). She wrote commissioned art pieces for MONA (Museum of Old and New Art) and she has been shortlisted for a number of prizes, including The Tasmanian Writers Prize, the Scottish Arts Trust, and the Hal Porter. Karenlee has a degree in Journalism and English Literature. She travels constantly, collecting story pebbles from around the globe, writing constantly, and dancing like Elaine from Seinfeld.                                                       

Email us to register or for more information [email protected]

To order Karenlee’s collection Flame Tip visit the publisher Flame Tip – Hybrid Publishers or get it for Kindle here Flame Tip: Short Fictions eBook : Thompson, Karenlee: Books.