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Editing Short Fiction: Write Drunk, Edit Sober with Susan Midalia

Ernest Hemingway advised creative writers to “write drunk, edit sober”: that we should be spontaneous and free from inhibition when writing, and then edit our work with a clear understanding of its inevitable flaws. In this workshop, short story writer and novelist Susan Midalia will consider how to edit your writing in order to produce what Samuel Taylor Coleridge called “the best words in their best order.” Editing can include either paring back or embellishing; eliminating repetitions and extraneous material; finding alternative words; considering how a change in point of view or structure can make your story more engaging or challenging for readers.

Susan Midalia is the author of three collections of short stories, all of them shortlisted for major literary awards. Her first novel will be published by Fremantle Press in 2018. She is also an experience freelance editor and workshop facilitator, the judge of several literary awards, and a board member of writingWA and Margaret River Press.