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

Long Way Home writers on writing

Stephanie Haines, Tommy Welham, Jackie Samms and Nadia Smith in conversation with Claire Aman at Grafton Library

Stories from the Clarence Valley, 2020 – Land/marks. This totally homegrown book features outstanding entries from the Long Way Home Writing Competition 2020. The best part about this project is seeing the writers (and their friends and family) finding their story in the book and seeing their name in print. Congratulations to you all! For those who are new to this project, it’s run 100% by volunteers. It’s a love project to encourage and celebrate storytelling in the Clarence Valley. Proceeds from the book pay for a new book to be published the following year. Thanks for all your support!

2020 – the year that is.

In these times, writing is becoming more and more necessary. We need to observe, imagine, remember, connect. Our stories are warnings and celebrations. All our lives, what we remember are stories. In the future, that’s how people will know about us.

This small, local, independent writing project grows more writers each year. People who don’t know they can write, become writers. Writers of all ages become published authors. Together we’re putting the Clarence Valley on the writing map.

Best wishes everyone

Claire Aman and Erin Brady

The Long Way Home