Strangers wake up in a forest, disoriented and confused. Where are they? Why are they dressed like this? What’s happening?
Question after question, and with a decreasing amount of answers. The strangers are surprised to see a man appear in different attire.
The man holds a rifle of some sort, standing back, relaxed, almost bored. Before anyone can blink, a shot is fired into the night sky and everyone in their right mind bolts through the green with one realisation in their minds.
They are being hunted.
Over the course of 2021, a select group of young writers was invited to take part in a year-long writing program at Story Factory. Their goal was to produce a fully realised novella. This is one of the novellas produced in these workshops.
Year of the Novella is one of Story Factory’s most intensive programs. Throughout 2021, a committed group of young writers came to workshops every week – first at Story Factory in Parramatta; then, when the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic hit, over Discord. Through these and many other disruptions, the young people in this program continued to write and support each other. This novella was written as part of that project.
Year of the Novella 2021 was made possible thanks to the support of the McLean Foundation, Nelson Meers Foundation, Key Foundation and Pantera Press Foundation.