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As of April 2018, we’ll be offering a 6 week online course open to people all around the world, aged 14 years or older. All participants will be invited to submit one piece of work (short fiction or memoir) up to 2,000 words in length for prospective publication in an online anthology. The first anthology will be published half-way through 2018. We will aim to publish a second anthology by the end of the year. The program has received Local and State Government funding and will therefore cost only AUD$150 per participant, which is terrific value!

The Short Fiction and Memoir Writing Program will be kick-started with free introductory workshops presented by Dr Eileen Herbert-Goodall at various libraries across southeast Queensland, Australia (see workshop dates below). If you don’t live in any of the listed towns/regions listed, and/or can’t make it to an introductory workshop, then that’s fine too – simply contact us  ( for further information about how to enrol.

At the beginning of March, the online course will become available. As noted above, it will be delivered/released across 6 weeks and includes a total of 12 online sessions/videos (2 per week). Each session/video will run for around 30 – 40 min’s (not including recommended readings and writing exercises). See the course overview below:


Short Fiction and Memoir Writing Program (An Overview of Topics)


Module 1 (Week 1) Investigating Short Fiction and Memoir 

Unit 1: Investigating Flash Fiction and Short Stories

Unit 2: Investigating Memoir


Module 2 (Week 2): Understanding Plot and Structure

Unit 1: Understanding Plot in Narrative

Unit 2: Understanding Structure in Narrative


Module 3 (Week 3): Delving into Character

Unit 1: The Craft of Characterisation, Part 1

Unit 2: The Craft of Characterisation, Part 2


Module 4 (Week 4): The Versatility of Setting

Unit 1: Exploring Setting in Narrative, Part 1

Unit 2: Exploring Setting in Narrative, Part 2


Module 5 (Week 5): Crafting Theme

Unit 1: Developing Theme in Narrative, Part 1

Unit 2: Developing Theme in Narrative, Part 2


Module 6 (Week 6): Dialogue and Point of View

Unit 1: Writing Great Dialogue

Unit 2: Working with Point of View


Free Introductory Workshop Dates at Southeast Queensland Libraries


Library Day Date & Month Time Room
Beerwah Saturday 17 February 10 – 11:30am Meeting Room
Caloundra Tuesday 6 March 10 – 11.30am Events Room
Coolum Tuesday 13 March 10 – 11.30am Events Room
Kawana Thursday 15 March 10 – 11.30am Meeting Room
Maleny Thursday 1 March 1 – 2:30pm Meeting Room
Maroochydore Tuesday 27 February 10:30 – 12:00 Events Space
Nambour Saturday 10 March 10 – 11:30am Heritage Area
Noosaville  Friday 2 February 1 – 2:30 Leisure Centre Meeting Space
Cooroy Wednesday 21 February 10 – 11:30 Cooroy RSL Meeting Space
Laidley Wednesday 4 July TBC TBC
Gatton Wednesday 4 July TBC TBC
Southport Sat 21 July 1:0:30 – 12:00 Southport Library


Register your interest in the Short Fiction and Memoir Writing Program


This project is supported by the Regional Arts Development Fund. The Regional Arts Development Fund is a partnership between the Queensland Government and Sunshine Coast Council to support local arts and culture in regional Queensland.