Bendigo Writers Festival: In Praise of Short – with Zoe Dattner, Cate Kennedy, David Musgrave, David Astle, and Carmel Bird

This panel praised short story writing, though in essence they truly praised concise and deliberate writing of any length. While it could be (though wasn’t) argued that in a novel a writer is forgiven for occasional lose prose, yet there is no place to hide or waste in a short story. In the short story, words are often used at their most selective. This is a skill short story writers learn, and it also applies to their choice of setting and events. The whole construct can be challenged due to the exposure. This is writing that would benefit a novel. Words and sentences should alwyas be considered, and not wasted.

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