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Writing short stories

Draw your reader into another world and create a captivating story from beginning to end. Pick up valuable beginner’s writing tips and learn about structure options. This session includes hands-on activities to inspire and practice your new writing skills. 

Join experienced English teacher and published author, Beth Wilkins and find inspiration to put pen to paper.

Register quick! Limited spaces available per workshop.

Location Date and Time Registration
Nambour Monday 8 March, 10.00-11.30am Register
Caloundra Wednesday 10 March, 10.00-11.30am Register
Maroochydore Friday 12 March, 10.00-11.30am Register

Free. Registration essential.

COVID-19 event information
•  Under Queensland Government restrictions, customers must provide their contact details to library staff when entering and exiting the library.
•  Customers are required to act on the advice of library staff, observe social distancing and practice good hygiene.
•  Customers must be in good health prior to attending the session. If you feel unwell, cancel your registration and do not attend the event.
More information on COVID-19 in Libraries.

More great info to get you started

Time to step away from the fridge and start that great Australian short story.

Get inspired by Lee Child, author of the infamous and long running Jack Reacher fiction series. When Lee wrote his 20th Jack Reacher novel, Make Me, Andy Martin shadowed the master and watched him write it, as described in Martin’s own book Reacher Said Nothing. The two authors discuss the writing process and what it takes to make great fiction stories.

With a 100 million novels sold around the world, the best-selling author lays down his six top writing tips:

  • Set daily word counts – "I will try to do about 1,500 in a day"
  • The only qualification you need to be a writer is be a reader
  • Character is king
  • Do not fall in love with your characters
  • The beginning of the story is crucial
  • Ignore advice!

Libraries members have borrowed creative writing titles 1,541 times! If you are deep in the middle of the dreaded writer’s block, check out the huge range of how-to write titles to get you back on the page. 

How to write a great short story: the 8-point story arc | Educational Tutorials

Libraries members have borrowed creative writing titles 1,541 times! If you are deep in the middle of the dreaded writer’s block, check out the huge range of how-to write titles to get you back on the page. 

eBooks

Dive into these how-to writing guides from famous fiction writers on eBook

Borrow up to 30 eBooks on your device. To get started download the ePlatform by Wheelers and Libby apps. Select Sunshine Coast Libraries and enter your member number and password. Need help setting up your device for eBooks? Watch this video tutorial.

eAudiobooks

Be inspired to rack up the word count with these short stories eAudiobooks:

You can borrow up to 30 eAudiobooks. To get started, download the BorrowBox and Libby apps, select Sunshine Coast Libraries and enter your member number and password. Need help setting up your device for eAudiobooks? Watch this video tutorial

eMovies

Stream writing tutorials:

Set up a Kanopy account to stream more films and documentaries for free.

Podcasts

Listen on the go with these writing-related podcasts:

Search for these free podcast titles and more in your preferred podcast provider.

Stephen King on the craft of short story writing

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