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Writing Short Stories with Catherine Chidgey

Where: Sherwood, 554 Frankton Road, Queenstown

Restrictions: R16

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  • Workshop Ticket: $38.88 ea ($35.00 + $3.88 fees)
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Do you want to improve your creative writing and get feedback from a multi award winning author? Then this workshop is for you.

In this practical session Catherine Chidgey will guide you through a range of writing exercises to generate the raw material for a short story. First you will create a character and flesh them out by identifying a central desire as well as an obstacle they must face. Then you will build a three-dimensional setting and you will be encouraged to find your character’s authentic voice.

Catherine Chidgey's work has attracted international acclaim since her 1998 novel In a fishbone church won best first book of fiction at the Montana New Zealand Book Awards. In the course of her career she has received many more New Zealand and international awards, fellowships and residencies – as well as praise from the Times Literary Supplement and the New York Times Book Review and writers such as Nick Hornby and Louis de Bernières.

Catherine teaches creative writing at the University of Waikato, where in 2019 she initiated the Sargeson Prize – the country’s richest short story prize. Her most recent novel, Remote Sympathy, was shortlisted for the 2021 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards.

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