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Sick of writing like every other writer?

Fed up being rejected time after time?

Want to write memorable fiction?

Then you need this workshop!


This workshop was voted #6 in the Writer's Workshop Category in the
Preditors & Editors Reader's Poll for 2004

'Outside the Square' Fiction Workshops

Conducted by Award Winning Australian Author

Cheryl Wright


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* Updated December 1, 2006 *

Due to book writing commitments, these workshops are NOT being held at the moment.

Keep checking back for updates.


Alternatively, you can experience the workshop without feedback - click here for full details.


Following the overwhelming success of her best selling, interactive ebook “Think Outside the Square: Writing Publishable (Short) Stories” Cheryl was persuaded to conduct these workshops as an extension to her book. (For additional information regarding the author, see the about us page on this site, or check out her website)

Each workshop covers the following topics:

  1. Dazzling Openings
  2. Creating Characters
  3. Motivation, Conflict
  4. Emotion
  5. Thinking Outside the Square
  6. Twist at the End
  7. Selling your Work
  8. Finding Ideas
  9. Entering Contests
  10. Marketing Yourself *Bonus ebook with this lesson!

This workshop is totally interactive, and each participant will receive individual feedback on their assignments. As you work your way through this unorthodox workshop, you will discover new ways of writing, and techniques you didn’t know existed. You will soon find yourself ‘thinking outside the square’.

The aim is to guide writers toward their full potential, and unleash hidden chambers in their imaginations. The workshop is suitable for writers of all skill levels from the very beginner to widely published. The techniques taught are applicable to both novels and short stories.

Most workshops run from ten days to three weeks, which varies with each group as they are pretty much self-paced. (At least two groups have run for around four weeks)

To allow the author time to write, the workshops are only held bi-monthly four-monthly.

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Click for information on 2006 workshop

Otherwise, you can experience the workshop without feedback -
click here for full details.


~ Workshop Schedule ~


No dates scheduled at this time.


If you don’t want to join the workshops, but would like to purchase “Think Outside the Square: Writing Publishable (Short) Stories” click here.



A number of past participants have become published authors either in novels or short stories since participating in this workshop - but there is no guarantee or promise of this happening.



This class has been a real eye opener with what went wrong in my previous short stories. Thanks to Cheryl, I've done a whole 'about-turn' in my writing. Suddenly, things seem to be sliding into place.

...this workshop was like a one on one mentorship. What I have learned has turned my writing around. It suddenly opened up a whole new way of thinking about my writing.

Susan Davis, Michigan, USA  


‘Think Outside the Square’ workshops are conducted by a published author who knows her craft and how to teach it.  All the basic elements of how to develop a short story are here.  The advice is practical and provided in an easy to understand, enjoyable manner.  I think just about anyone, experienced or novice, could learn something new from Cheryl.  I know I did. 

Dianne Parham/dialyn

Senior Editor, The Renderosity Interactive Magazine


Cheryl's workshop was great. I learned a lot about character development and realized I was lacking in some of the personal knowledge of my characters. Cheryl explains the basics of getting a short story off the ground and taking it all the way through marketing it to get it published.

With the personal feedback, I feel my writing has grown through Cheryl's workshop. "Think Outside the Square" teaches you just that and offers friendly advise on how to get what you really want out of your writing.

Rachel Kurtz, Arizona


I had written only one children's short story before taking the course.  Through the character development assignment, I saw a short story forming.  But, then it fell short.  I couldn't see past the beginning of the story.  After one more assignment and some advice from Cheryl and another student, Viola!  There it was!  I was able to further develop my story and really enjoyed tapping into my own creativity.  The short story course was like a key unlocking my ideas.

Stephenie Hovland, Minnesota





         Last updated: February 19, 2007