Ernest Hemingway warned, ‘The masters of the short story come to no good end.’ Tegan Bennett Daylight helps three masters illuminate this difficult literary art. George Saunders talks about examining the small, painful moments of domesticity, family and death. American writer Joy Williams discusses her characters who reach for the sublime and fall, inevitably, to earth. Tara June Winch talks about creating characters who pack a punch and break your heart. 

George Saunders (International)

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George Saunders is the author of nine books, including Tenth of December, which was a finalist for the National Book Award, and won the inaugural Folio Prize (for the best work of fiction in English) and the Story Prize (best short story collection). He has received MacArthur and Guggenheim Fellowships, the PEN/Malamud Prize for excellence in the short story, and was recently elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 2013, he was named one of the world’s 100 most influential people by Time magazine. He teaches in the Creative Writing Program at Syracuse University. Lincoln in the Bardo is his long-awaited first novel.

Joy Williams (International)

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According to The New York Times, ‘Joy Williams might be the writer’s writer’s writer.’ Over the decades, wildly different stylists including Don Barthelme, Don DeLillo, Raymond Carver, William Gass, Karen Russell, Bret Easton Ellis, James Salter, Ann Beattie and Tao Lin, have all expressed unqualified admiration. She is the author of four novels and five collections of stories. Her first novel, State of Grace, was a finalist for the National Book Award and her most recent novel, The Quick and the Dead, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 2001. She is also the author as Ill Nature, a book of essays that was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award for criticism. Her latest work, 99 Stories of God, is a collection of micro-fiction and was published in 2016. Among her many honors are the Rea Award for the short story and the Strauss Living Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

Tara June Winch (Australian)

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Tara June Winch is an Australian (Wiradjuri) writer based in France. She was named a Sydney Morning Herald Best Young Australian Novelist for her first novel Swallow the Air, which has been on the education and HSC syllabus since 2009. In the same year she was awarded the International Rolex Mentor and Protégé Award that saw her work under the guidance of Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka. Her latest book is After the Carnage, a collection of stories. Her forthcoming novel is The Yield, out early 2018.

Tegan Bennett Daylight (Australian)

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Tegan Bennett Daylight is a fiction writer, teacher and critic. She is the author of three novels: Bombora, What Falls Away and Safety, as well as several books for children and teenagers. Her collection of short stories, Six Bedrooms, was shortlisted for the Stella Award, the ALS Gold Medal and the Steele Rudd Award.