Summer School 2021

Short fiction: the short story


Dianne Stewart, author, journalist and creative writing facilitator


‘I find it satisfying and stimulating to work with the intensity, brevity, balance and word play of the short story’.  

Annie Proulx

In this course participants will engage with the theory of short story writing as well as with its practice. Participants will explore essential elements of writing, editing and marketing a short story.



  1. Building character and examining point of view
  2. Setting
  3. Dialogue and plotting 
  4. Theme and planning  
  5. Marketing opportunities for the short story  

Participants will receive course material related to each session of the course by email. They should work through this material, which will include writing exercises, before the session. During the Zoom meeting, there will be opportunities for feedback, discussion and questions and answers. There will be a refreshment break in each session.


This course will be delivered via Zoom meetings. Participants will be sent a link.


Recommended reading

Boehmer, E. 2019. To the Volcano and other stories. Oxford. Myriad Editions.

Salafranca. A. (ed.) 2019. Fool’s Gold. Cape TownModjaji Books.

Raditlhalo, S. (ed.) 2008. Short Stories: Southern Africa and Beyond. Cape Town. Oxford University



Date: 18–22 January
Time: 10.00 am–12.00 pm                   
COURSE FEES: Full R1 376 Staff & Students R917
MAXIMUM: 20 participants