Exploring Form and Potential


26th - 30th June 2023 | 19:00 - 21:00


The 5-day short story masterclass with Hisham Bustani 


This masterclass is designed for writers who have made a fair amount of progress and are looking for a deeper exploration of the short story form, its potential, and malleability. 


The masterclass will be conducted in a discussion format, with a list of required pre-course reading that will include one book (The Lonely Voice by Frank O’Connor), one paper (Art Vs. Consumerism: Writing the Short Story in the ‘Age of the Novel’ by Hisham Bustani) and selected short stories and poems by Franz Kafka, Italo Calvino, Lydia Davis, Margaret Atwood, Zakaria Tamer, Charles Bukowski, Richard Brautigan, Varlam Shalamov, Yasunari Kawabata, among others. 


There will be no writing required from participants, but they will be required to actively participate and contribute insights on the topics presented, and discuss a selection of each other’s stories utilising these insights in a special workshop held on day 5.



Hisham Bustani is an award-winning Jordanian author of five collections of short fiction and poetry. He is acclaimed for his bold style and unique narrative voice, and often experiments with the boundaries of short fiction and prose poetry.