Title: Short Story Writing Workshop
Description: Omniversity of Manchester – This course is about the short story.
Start Time: 19:00
End Time: 21:00
The courses are on the Monday evenings (Nov 7th, Dec 5th 2011, Jan 9th, Feb 6th, Mar 5th 2012)
This course is about the short story.
Over the course of 5 workshops, you’ll get a handle on the predominant narrative structures used by short story writers, and implement them in your own work. Completing set writing tasks between workshops, and receiving structured, peer-driven feedback, you’ll develop 4 short stories to completion, with tailored advice on how to shape the story, how to improve the characterisation, dialogue, and narrative voice.
What you need to be familiar with
You don’t necessarily need any practical experience of writing stories, nor of supervised creative writing of any kind, but it’s important that you have an interest in, and enthusiasm for, the short story form.
To get the most from the course, you should be prepared do some background reading, undertake writing tasks between sessions, read the work of others on the course prior to each session, offer tactful – yet frank – feedback, and receive constructive criticism on your own work.
The course isn’t geared towards any particular sub-genre within the short story form – be it literary fiction, sci-fi, or horror – we’ll be looking at techniques applicable to all these genres. This course is taught by Jim Hinks, Comma Editor.
What we won’t cover
This isn’t a course devised to help you write a novel, a novella, poetry, micro-fiction, or biography – it’s all about the short story, which presents its own specific demands and opportunities to writers (for the avoidance of doubt, short stories typically weigh in at somewhere between 1500 and 5000 words long).
Equipment you’ll need
Something to write with (pen and paper will do) during sessions, and a computer and Internet access at home, to upload your work in progress to the online drop box. If you prefer to print out other people’s work to read prior to the sessions (rather than reading from a screen), you’ll need to do this at your own expense.
Cost & Times
£125 for 5 evening course over a 5 month period. The courses are on the Monday evenings (Nov 7th, Dec 5th 2011, Jan 9th, Feb 6th, Mar 5th 2012)