The short story is an art-form unto itself – with a very limited canvas, the short story writer must flesh out believable characters, draw us into an authentic and fully-realised world, and wrap everything up in a compelling narrative. It’s an exercise in concision, and poses specific storytelling demands on the writer. We introduce the short story form in Year 1, and return to it again in Year 2, offering our students multiple opportunities to hone their craft in this challenging genre.

In Year 3, our students write Flash Fiction which tells a story in as few as six words or up to a few hundred words. Writing flash fiction is akin to taking a snapshot of a character, or an event or a world at a pivotal moment where something significant happens, and often the resolution is open to interpretation.