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Writing The Perfect Novella

Join A.S. Patrić as he delves into the literary art form that squeezes comfortably between short stories and novels, the novella.


The novella is a unique form for unique writers, falling into a strange and muddy word count between 10k and 40k. Constantly evolving, the novella is also the most versatile of literary expressions, allowing for fluid movement between genres and encouraging stories that would otherwise not be told. We will study craft and technique, character development, narrative function, voice, tone, ideas and aesthetics specific to the novella, with a focus on how we deploy our skills practically. Move away from mimicry and build an awareness of clichés. Emerge equipped to write a unique and vital novella.


Participants will:

  • Learn practical information on how to write and publish a novella
  • Gain an understanding of the unique qualities and possibilities of the novella
  • Gain a better understanding of long-form storytelling dynamics
  • Learn about the architecture and evolution of the novella how to progress towards a powerful story vehicle specifically geared for a long narrative.


About A.S. Patrić

A.S. Patrić's debut novel Black Rock White City is the winner of the 2016 Miles Franklin Literary Award. His second novel Atlantic Black was published in 2017 to critical acclaim. He is a winner of the Ned Kelly Award and the Booranga Prize, and is the author of Las Vegas for Vegans, a story collection shortlisted in the Queensland Literary Awards. He is also the author of The Rattler and Other Stories and Bruno Kramzer. The Rattler (novella) was shortlisted for the Lord Mayor’s Award and Bruno Kramzer was shortlisted for the Viva La Novella Prize. In 2018 A.S. Patric published his third collection, The Butcherbird Stories.

For more information about the novella you can read an article here, or check out the Viva La Novella prize that Writers SA's own Lana Guineay won in 2020.


WSA Member Price $88 / Non-member $140

This workshop will be delivered via Zoom. Please check your spam if you can't find the link to the event or email [email protected]

  • Starts: February 19th, 2022 1:00 PM
  • Finishes: February 19th, 2022 4:00 PM

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