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)

George Saunders

George Saunders is the author of nine books, including the novel Lincoln in the Bardo, which won the Man Booker Prize, and the story collections Pastoralia and Tenth of December, which was a finalist for the National Book Award. He has received fellowships from the Lannan Foundation, the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the Guggenheim Foundation. In 2006 he was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship. In 2013 he was awarded the PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in Short Fiction and was included in Time’s list of the one hundred most influential people in the world. He teaches in the creative writing program at Syracuse University. Fox 8 is his latest book.

Joy Williams (International)

According to The New York Times, ÔJoy Williams might be the writerÕs writerÕs writer.Õ 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.ÊAmong 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)

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 ProtŽgŽ 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)

Tegan Bennett Daylight

Tegan Bennett Daylight is a writer, teacher and critic. She is the author of three novels, several books for children and teenagers, and a collection of short stories, Six Bedrooms. She is working on a collection of essays.