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Short.Sharp.Stories in collaboration with All About Writing is thrilled to offer two free online short story webinars to provide guidance and support to writers.

The sessions are aimed at encouraging new and emerging writers to enter the Short.Sharp.Stories competition, FLUID: The Freedom To Be, as well as to hone their craft.

is a proven platform showcasing top and emerging South African writers. However, we welcome all writers over the age of 18, no matter your background or experience, to send in short stories. FLUID seeks to engage fictional expression around identity, culture and society.

Every published writer will receive an honorarium of R 2 000, with a Grand Winner to receive R 10 000. Additional awards will be given at the discretion of Short.Sharp.Stories.


Session 1: What is a short story? And how to write one

Hosts Joanne Hichens and Karina Szczurek will focus on the aspects of short story writing, with a particular aim to encourage emerging writers to understand the elements necessary in the creation of a short story. This session will include a mini-workshop, to spark ideas for a story based on the theme FLUID: The Freedom To Be. Have a notebook and pen handy.

If you missed this don’t worry,

Date: 20 October

Time: Johannesburg 17:30 to 19:30

Session 2: Short story Q and A

In this session we’ll answer questions and field problems. Participants will be encouraged to send in questions beforehand.

During this time we’ll also do a warm-up writing exercise, focus on showing not telling, the cornerstone of good fiction writing.

Here’s the joining link:

Date: 3 November

Time: Johannesburg 17:30 to 19:30


, author and editor, lives in Cape Town. Her are Out to Score (co-written), Divine Justice, published in the United States, and Sweet Paradise. Her young adult novels, Stained and Riding the Wave, were both shortlisted for the Sanlam Literature Award. Her memoir, , explores the passing of Joanne’s mother, husband, father and mother-in-law within a short period of time, and examines all that happens after death: emotional frenzy, funerals, family strife – the fighting and loving.


is an author and founder of . Her debut novel, (2014), was longlisted for the 2015 Sunday Times Barry Ronge Fiction Prize. Her memoir T, about her experiences being married to prominent South African novelist Andre Brink, was published in 2017 and was published in 2018.

aims to publish books they are passionate about, of any genre and any length. They nurture authors and their creativity, establish strong bonds between their writers and readers, and offer a literary home for those who treasure words and stories. Excellence, integrity, and their love for the book as an object are the cornerstones of Karavan Press.

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