Laura Jean McKay: Writing Shorts | Perth Festival Writers Weekend

Who is your character and what do they have to say? Why are they the ones to tell this story? Who should stay in your story, and who should go?

Make your prose shout in a workshop that explores character and dialogue. Working through a series of exercises, you'll share your work ina lively discussion of how stories speak from the page with award-winning author Laura Jean McKay (Gunflower).


Laura Jean McKay is the author of The Animals in That Country (Scribe, 2020) — winner of the Arthur C. Clarke Award, the Victorian Prize for Literature, and the ABIA Small Publishers Adult Book of the Year, and co-winner of the Aurealis Award for Best Science Fiction Novel. Laura is also the author of Holiday in Cambodia (Black Inc., 2013). She was awarded the NZSA Waitangi Day Literary Honours in 2022.


The brilliant new short story collection from the Arthur C. Clarke Award–winning author of The Animals in That Country.

A family of cat farmers gets the chance to set the felines free. A group of chickens tells it like it is. A female-crewed ship ploughs through the patriarchy. A support group finds solace in a world without men.

With her trademark humour, energy, and flair, McKay offers glimpses of places where dreams subsume reality, where childhood restarts, where humans embrace their animal selves and animals talk like humans.

The stories in Gunflower explode and bloom in mesmerising ways, showing the…

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