The Art of Short Story Writing with Noelle Harrison - Day 1

Rom: Fosse-stova

Arrangør: Skrivekunstkollektivet i samarbeid med Litteraturhuset

Write your own short story inspired by a work of art in Bergen's KODE 4 museum.

This two-day workshop focuses on the craft of short story writing using paintings in KODE 4 in Bergen as a source of inspiration. It will be a fun, and creative two days suitable for all those who wish to write, whether beginners or more experienced.  

The weekend begins with each participant selecting a painting from KODE 4 as a starting point for their creative work. 
Under the guidance of author, Noelle Harrison, participants will learn the basic elements of how to structure their short story, find their voice, and write with heart.

They will be encouraged to draw from the artwork their own vision. To develop not only characters but use colour, composition, style, and setting as a source for their own story. 

It is envisaged that by the end of the course each participant will have created or be on their way to creating their own unique short story. 
Although the workshop will be taught in English, participants can choose to write their short stories in English or in Norwegian.

The day starts at Litteraturhuset in Bergen, where Noelle will introduce the course, and outline how to use art as a source of inspiration for your short story. 
We will go as a group to KODE 4 where Noelle will present guidelines on selecting the artwork, which you will use for your own short story. 

After a break for lunch, we will be back at Litteraturhuset where Noelle will facilitate part one of her workshop Finding Your Voice which will focus on narrative voice, as well as defining the pivotal character, setting or object of each story. 

The whole day will be spent at Litteraturhuset. 
In the morning Noelle will lead part two of Finding Your Voice which will focus on how to structure your short story, and employ literary devices. After a coffee break, Noelle will facilitate the workshop Writing with Heart Part One which will look at working with tone/rhythm, and descriptive language. After lunch, she will conclude the second part of Writing With Heart focusing on using symbols/images/metaphors to create depth to your story. 

During the whole weekend, Noelle will be available to give feedback on an individual basis and to guide you in the creation of your short story. The ultimate goal is that you will have written your own short story by the end of the weekend.

Saturday 18th november, from 10.00 to 17.00 
Sunday 19th november, from 10.00 to 16.30 

Course fee: 2000,– NOK

Course fee includes entrance to KODE 4 Art Museum, coffee, tea and fruit.

For registration, questions and information about the course program, send an email to Please include a few words about yourself.

Noelle Harrison (b.1967) is the Irish author of ten novels, and has been translated into over 12 different languages. Three of her novels have been translated and published in Norwegian – "Beatrice" (Juritzen), "I Remember" ("Tilgi Meg", Cappelen Damm) and "Valentina" ("Evie Blake", Bazar Forlag).

Her new novel, "The Gravity of Love", will be published in May 2018 by Black & White Publishing. She has won The Meath Chronicle Short Story Award, and has been shortlisted for the Molly Keane Short Story Award, and The Hennessey New Irish Writing Short Story Award. Her short story, Return from Market, was included in the anthology (published by Thames & Hudson) and the exhibition Lines of Vision at the National Gallery of Ireland in 2015. 

Noelle has extensive experience of teaching writing workshops in Ireland, Scotland, Norway and London, and is a founder of Aurora Writers Retreats. In June 2016, she ran the popular one day workshop How To Write A Book at Litteraturhuset in Bergen. She has also taught creative writing at Amalie Skram Videregående and the International School of Bergen. Noelle also holds a degree in History of Art from the University of London, lectured for 9 years in History of Art in Ireland, has written extensively on the visual arts in Ireland, and curated Meath County Council’s Toradh Gallery. Having lived in Bergen for several years, Noelle now lives and works in Edinburgh in Scotland. 

Photo: Louis Auguste Francois (1805-79), Portrait of Theodora Josefine Hambro Bull, undated, photographer: Dag Fosse/KODE