Picture This! The Art of Short Story Writingpicturethisimage

November 18th—19th, 2017
Litteraturhuset, Bergen, Norway

Conclude 2017 with and join author Noelle Harrison for an intensive weekend writing workshop in the beautiful city of Bergen in Norway, hosted by Skrivekunstkolletivet

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.

Questions? Please contact Skrivekunstkolletivet 

Email: skrivekunstkollektiv@gmail.com Or Email: noelle.harrison5@gmail.com  

Ph: +44 (0)7391031652
On twitter: @AuroraWriters

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

The Tutor

Noelle Harrison

noelleNoelle Harrison is the Irish author of ten novels, and has been translated into over 13 different languages. Three of her novels have been translated and published in Norwegian – Beatrice (Juritzen), I Remember (Tilgi Meg / Cappelen Damm) and Valentina (as 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 February 2017 she co-hosted Aurora Writers Retreats First Days of Spring Writing Retreat in the Scottish Borders. In June 2016, she ran the popular How To Write A Book one day workshop 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.

The Workshops

DAY 1 – Saturday 18th November  10.00 – 17.00

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.


DAY 2 – Sunday 19th November 10.00 – 16.30

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.

Both days will be held at Fossestova, Litteraturhuset i Bergen apart from our trip to KODE 4 on Saturday morning.



Course fee: 2000,– NOK

The course fee includes entrance to KODE 4 Art Museum, coffee, tea and fruit. It does not include accommodation or meals. 

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

Scholarship: 1000, – NOK

As writers ourselves, we know how hard it can be to combine writing, with studying or making a living, so we are offering one scholarship of 1000 NOK for our weekend writing course on 18th & 19th November in Litteraturhuset, Bergen.

The Picture This! Scholarship will be awarded to either a full time student, or an unemployed person.

To apply please send an email to skrivekunstkollektiv@gmail.com in Norwegian or English and send us a brief one page letter detailing your studies / financial circumstances and why you feel you would benefit from the scholarship.

Applications for the Scholarship close on Monday 6th November at 17.00 hrs.


A world heritage city Bergen is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. Located on the western coast of Norway, Bergen is known as the gateway to the fjords.


Bergen is also home to Bryggen a UNESCO Heritage site, and as a European City of Culture the city offers the perfect balance between nature and culture. Check out Visit Bergen‘s website to find out more on what to see and do, and for accommodation options.



Located in the heart of old Bergen, Litteraturhuset is the perfect location for our weekend workshop as the focal point for the literary arts in Bergen, with its many readings and workshops throughout the year, and its mission to promote literature in Norway.


Housed in the Litteraturhuset you will also find the independent bookstore Boksalongen and one of Bergen’s best eateries, the celebrated cafe and brasserie Colonialen known for their combination of tradition and creativity using seasonal produce.



As our hosts Skrivekunstkollectivet is a collective of emerging writers based in the city of Bergen whose aim is to facilitate a range of writing workshops, readings and events to foster local literary talent.



As part of the Picture This! participants will be invited to select a painting from the collection at one of Bergen’s most celebrated art galleries KODE 4 as the starting point for their own individual short story.


The collection is diverse covering different periods and places in European art with a focus on Norwegian painters, such as Edvard Munch, J.C. Dahl and Nikolai Astrup. Our course fee includes the entrance fee to KODE 4 on Saturday 18th November.