Masterclass in short fiction with Cate Kennedy

A rare chance to spend a day working on your writing skills with a great writer and wonderful teacher.

Cate Kennedy is an acclaimed Australian writer (Like a House on Fire, Dark Roots, The World Beneath). Cate has taught extensively in story structure and craft and on exploring the elements that make up good fiction.

She has taught across Australia and in France, Austria, Bali, Singapore, the UK and Canada. She teaches on the fiction faculty at Pacific University in Oregon, travelling there twice a year (pre-COVID). She will join us after a sold-out masterclass through Writers Victoria.

She is interested in structure and the powerful ways fiction works implicitly rather than explicitly to move a reader and in diving deeper into how the story is operating to maximise this impact. She enjoys working with writers to help them see the narrative and metaphorical potential in their own work and find ways to work with their own strengths towards a distinctive ‘voice’.


You don’t want to miss out on this fantastic event. Places are limited, so there is an application by expression of interest.

Applications are open to anyone living in, or with a genuine and strong connection to, the Clarence Valley.

  • Applications close 31 August.
  • Send an expression of interest to
  • Include a short sample of your work. This can be a work in progress, a fragment, a section from a longer piece or a completed short story (max 750 words).
  • Let us know what you’d like to gain from the day, and tell us briefly about your writing experience (max 500 words).
  • Let us know if you prefer the Yamba or Grafton workshop.
  • Don’t forget to include your name, postal address and email address.


Applications close 31 August 2021.

Successful applicants will be notified by mid-September.

One-day workshop in Yamba is Saturday 30 October. 

One-day workshop in Grafton is Sunday 31 October.


While workshop places are valued at $100 per person, successful applicants will only pay $50. The Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal is subsidising the remainder via a grant given to the Long Way Home to help us encourage Clarence Valley writers to deepen their craft.

Contact us at with any enquiries

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